Acer in Red Again as PC Industry Shrinks

The PC party is ending, and Acer Inc. is suffering one of the worst hangovers.

The Taiwanese company went on a buying spree through the noughties, swallowing up competitors like Gateway and Packard Bell to help it become the world’s second largest PC maker by shipments in 2010, second only to Hewlett-Packard Co.

But it’s now feeling the unpleasant after-effects of guzzling too quickly. With the PC market shrinking as consumers find tablets and smartphones more interesting, Acer’s finding that the brands it bought up aren’t worth as much as it had expected.

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