The U.S. personal computer market will decline for the first year ever, according to a report by IDC (Framingham, MA). Shipments in the United States for this year are expected to decline 6.3% from 2000 figures, and consumer sales are now expected to fall 17.3%, based on the current soft economy. "While we believe the shape of the seasonal pattern will be normal, the year-end uplift will not be as buoyant as is typical at that time of year," says Roger Kay, director of client computing at IDC. "Consumers have not emerged from the shell they crawled into late last year."