“In a note to clients Thursday, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty rattled off several reasons to explain why retail sales of personal computers in the U.S. were down 8% year over year for the week of Nov. 20 to 26, as reported by the NPD Group,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “‘But,’ Huberty concludes, ‘we believe the biggest factor is simply weaker end demand. The data so far in November suggest a steady sequential deceleration.'”

P.E.D. reports, “There was, Huberty writes, one exception to that rule: ‘Apple was a relative bright spot during the week of Thanksgiving. Unit growth rebounded to 17% Y/Y from 7% in the prior week and 10% in the prior four weeks.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]