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SAN FRANCISCO---A new report says personal
computer sales slipped even further during the
holiday shopping season, capping the worst annual
decline in the PC industry's history.
The research firm Gartner Inc. estimates
worldwide PC shipments for the three months
ending in December dropped seven per cent from
the same time in 2012. It marks the seventh
consecutive quarter of decreasing PC sales.
For all of last year, PC sales plunged ten per cent.
Shipments of desktop and laptop computers have
never tumbled so dramatically. The numbers
released show annual PC shipments have now
backtracked to where they stood in 2009.
The PC slump is driven by the growing popularity
of less expensive and more convenient mobile
devices controlled by touch-screen technology
instead of keyboards and computer mice. (AP)
PCs cap worst-ever sales year with 4Q drop
T&T s business sector and
workforce must improve their
productivity for the country s
economy to perform at its max-
imum capacity, Labour Minister
Errol McLeod said yesterday.
"We are behind in productivity.
This means the cost of production
are higher. We must get value for
every dollar we spend, whether it
is wages, good or services," he said
at the opening of the ministry s
Fairshare Exposition at the Centre
of Excellence, Macoya.
Approximately 100 micro and
small enterprises (MSE s) show-
cased their businesses at the expo.
The Fairshare Programme pro-
motes entrepreneurship, training
and development for MSEs and
aims to set aside preferential
arrangement of public contracts
for qualifying MSEs.
McLeod urged small businesses
to be innovative, as businesses in
this country are behind their coun-
terparts in other parts of the world.
He said 85 per cent of them do not
use new technologies and the prod-
ucts they offer are not new.
"Businesses must be a step above
"MSEs account for over 90 per-
cent of all business in T&T. The
programme helps in the alleviation
of poverty and focuses on helping
MSEs improve their capacity to
develop a successful business as
well as providing goods and services
to government ministries. Over
1,000 businesses have applied for
the Fairshare Programme."
McLeod said the Government
wants to "teach people to fish" to
earn their own livelihoods rather
than rely on the State.
"A business can never be suc-
cessful if its owner is laissez-faire.
In T&T, the Government is one of
the largest purchasers of goods and
services and therefore will help
contribute to the growth of these
MSEs. This is a small country and
we have not inconsiderable
resources and there are considerable
opportunities for people to develop
skills and a new attitude of self
McLeod said it is important that
MSEs do well so that the economy
can become more diversified and
stop relying on one source of
"As T&T move away from energy
earnings, entrepreneurship is
McLeod: T&T behind
Caribbean Travel Marketplace,
the region s largest and most
important marketing event, kicks
off Sunday at the Montego Bay
Convention Centre, Montego Bay,
It is expected to attract more
than 1,200 delegates, which is on
par with last year s event, according
to Caribbean tourism representa-
tives. The event will run through
The event has already attracted
roughly 80 international buyer
companies from 15 countries and
more than 200 supplier companies
from nearly 30 countries for a total
of roughly 662 combined delegates
The trade show matches suppli-
ers, such as hotels, restaurants and
tourist boards, with buyers, tour
operators and wholesalers in pre-
scheduled business appointments,
where parties discuss existing con-
tracts and develop packages and
contracts for future business. This
will be Jamaica s fourth time host-
ing this prestigious event.
Since Jamaica last hosted the
trade show in 2011, the island has
seen new investment and some
transition in the hotel sector.
Loama Warner, principal of Crowner's Culinary Institute, right, and her
team stand behind their products at the Fairshare Exposition hosted by
the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development at
the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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