PC prices on the rise

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PC prices on the rise

After dipping below $800 from August through October, the average price for consumer computers reached a six-month high of $844 in December, according to market researcher PC Data Inc.

Among the leading brand names, Hewlett-Packard’s lowest-priced Pavilion costs $100 more than an equivalent did four months ago, while Compaq’s lowest-priced Presario desktop now costs $200 more than its predecessor did last fall.

Mark Bates, senior analyst at PC Data, says the new pricing aims to put the bulk of home PC sales at between $700 and $900 this year.

Analysts say the price hikes are being driven by a huge drop-off in competition, a healthy economy and the PC’s growing role in home entertainment.

A detailed report is available at www.zdnn.com.