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By The Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A research firm says sales of personal computers didn't get any boost from the introduction of Windows 8, confounding the hopes of Microsoft and PC makers.

NPD Group, which tracks U.S. retail sales, says that in the month since Windows 8started on Oct. 26, sales of Windows PCs and tablets fell 21 percent compared with a year earlier.

NPD says the weak sales are a continuation of a trend seen throughout this year, as consumers appear more interested in spending their money on smartphones and tablets.

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