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Higher costs hit industry-wide: PC makers raise prices

As Apple raised iMac prices last week to reflect increased component costs, so too are NEC and Dell. “We are in a situation where we have to jack up PC prices from the next new product line,” an NEC spokesperson said. Price increases from Fujistu and IBM Japan are also expected, according to Sunday’s edition of The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as noted by CBS MarketWatch. Meanwhile, market intelligence company ARS, Inc. reported Friday that Dell has raised upgrade pricing for RAM, showing “that even the largestvendors will not be spared from this issue.” The report also notes that “Dell attempts to hide the fact that its memory prices are going up bycontinuing to configure base systems with 128MB of RAM, well belowMicrosoft’s recommendation for Windows XP.”

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