Personal computer shipments declined between 3% and 4% in the June quarter from the same period last year, a pair of research firms said after releasing their latest diagnoses of the industry's health and well-being.

According to IDC, PC makers shipped a total of 60.5 million systems in the year's second quarter, a downturn of 3.3%. That was somewhat better than the firm's earlier forecast of a 4% decline for the period.

Rival Gartner, which also calculates shipments -- but uses different criteria for what is, and what is not, a personal computer -- pegged the year-over-year drop at 4.3% for the June quarter, adding that manufacturers shipped 61.1 million PCs in the three-month span.

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