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Japanís electronic firms are revamping their personal computer operations to counter dwindling sales. A major reason for the slump is low demand, now that almost 60 percent of all households have personal computers, according to domestic industry officials. According to Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, domestic shipments of personal computers in the first half of fiscal 2002 slipped 10 percent from a year earlier to 4.6 million units, and the trend is thought to continue or barely stabilize. In order to perk consumer interest, electronic firms are enhancing the computer features, hoping to make sales at higher prices.

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