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The number of microcomputers installed in the nation's elementary and secondary schools topped 2.5 million for the first time in the 1991-92 school year, according to a marketing survey.

The survey, by the Connecticut-based Market Data Retrieval firm, found that last year's total was nearly 550 percent above the 386,000 computers the firm found during the 1983-84 school year, the first time it compiled such data.

According to the survey, public schools have 89 percent of all computers now in use in precollegiate schools, while private schools have 5 percent and Catholic schools have 6 percent. However, the private school total grew by more than 24 percent and the Catholic-school total by more than 16 percent over the 1990-91 school year, compared with an increase of just over 9 percent for public schools.

The firm says its data are based on reports from 85 percent of all schools.

For more information, call or write Market Data Retrieval, 16 Progress Dr., Shelton, Conn. 06484; (203) 926-4800.

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