Research firm IDC cuts its outlook for PC sales in 2015

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NEW YORK (AP) — A research firm is forecasting a bigger decline in personal computer sales in 2015.

International Data Corp. is now projecting 293.1 million PCs will be sold worldwide this year, a drop of 4.9 percent from 2014. IDC had previously forecast a 3.3-percent drop. PC sales fell 2.2 percent to 308.1 million in 2014.

IDC says consumers are waiting for new products and a stronger U.S. dollar makes computers more expensive in other countries, hurting sales. Microsoft Corp. is also scaling back some subsidies.

Earlier Thursday Intel cut its first-quarter revenue forecast, partly because demand for business desktop PCs was weaker than it expected.