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Dell forecasts a strong Xmas

US computer maker Dell sees potential rises in consumer and commercial demand over the coming year, as well as a &ldquo;moderately good&rdquo; Christmas season, Dell chief financial officer Brian Gladden said yesterday.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think the consumer cycle has been surprisingly positive this year,&rdquo; Gladden said at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference. <br /><br />He added: &ldquo;It certainly surprised us how strong it was. I think the holiday season will be moderately good. I think we are seeing that play out over the past few weeks.&rdquo;<br />