PC sales surge in big markets

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SEATTLE — Apparently people are still buying a lot of PCs.

Sales of "old fashioned" computers are rebounding dramatically in big markets such as the U.S., Japan and western Europe, according to a new forecast from research giant IDC. It's expecting PC sales in mature markets to grow 5.6 percent this year, the best showing since 2010 — the year the iPad debuted.

It's a different story in developing countries, where PC sales are expected to fall 10.4 percent this year, bringing overall, worldwide sales down 3.7 percent. That's not quite a rebound, but better than the 6 percent drop the Framingham, Mass.-based firm previously forecast.