You'd think a weak economy would drag down computer sales. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
While most retailers saw bleak sales this back-to-school season, consumer electronics chains saw renewed demand for notebook personal computers, according to a report from market research firm NPD Group.
Within that category, thin and light netbooks were a big draw, accounting for 14 percent of all notebook units sold for back-to-school. That was up from just less than 2 percent of sales last year, NPD said.
Also, Google Chief Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday that the worst of the advertising recession is over, and pointed to signs of a recovery in both the U.S. and Europe, sending shares up 3 percent.
Speaking to a group of reporters in New York along with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Schmidt said that the largest U.S. Internet search engine has increased its hiring and investment in anticipation of a recovery.
Earlier on Wednesday, Oppenheimer raised its price target on Google shares by 15 percent to $565 and maintained its "outperform" rating on expectations of strong third-quarter results. Google reports earnings on Oct. 15.
What’s the tech trade?
Pete Najarian is more interested in the Google news than the computer sales. "I’m watching Google, he reveals, which surged through the $500 level, as well as ValueClick.
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