Down Time for Computers

Sluggish sales and sagging profits bring high-tech industries back to earth

Comdex, the huge trade show at which personal computer makers display their wares to dealers, has always been a high-spirited affair overflowing with hype and hoopla worthy of a glamorous growth industry. But at last week's extravaganza in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, the glamour was tempered by a touch of gloom. Attendance was disappointing, most of the new products were unexciting, and exhibitors were hard pressed to drum up enthusiasm. Even the shapely brunet in a bright-red leotard who was posted in front of the NEC Corp. booth did not attract a crowd. Summed up Morton Goldman, vice...

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