ECONOMY

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The economic crisis seriously hurt the Greek market in the second quarter of the year, with even the personal computers sector posting a drop in sales for the first time on a quarterly basis. After successive quarters that had seen uninterrupted sales growth, the April-to-June period saw a decline in new computers that numbered 217,000 units against 244,000 units in the January-to-March period, according to the Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communications Enterprises (SEPE). The decline is chiefly attributed to plummeting sales of desktop computers, which reached 30 percent in the year to June. This decline is certain to lead to a slide in companies’ turnover, given also the drop in the price per unit. SEPE, however, remains optimistic, suggesting that the low penetration of computers among Greek households relative to the European Union average means that there could still be small sales growth compared to 2008, although revenues are bound to shrink.