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Asustek tops 100,000 units at fair

SKY HIGH SALES:The firm said it sold one of its recently released U-series or its A42 model every 30 seconds over its nine-day stint at the technology event held in Taipei

Staff Writer, with CNA

Personal computer vendor Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦) yesterday said it sold more than 10,000 notebook computers at ICT Month, Taiwan’s largest consumer electronics fair, generating more than NT$100 million (US$3.32 million) in sales.

This keeps Asustek in top place in terms of notebook sales for the eighth consecutive year at the high-tech trade exhibition, the company said.

The nine-day Taipei leg of ICT Month, which ended on Sunday, attracted more than 850,000 visitors, up from 800,000 recorded last year and 770,000 in 2008.

According to Asustek, its selling rate for its newly unveiled U-series and its A42 models at the exhibition was close to one unit every 30 seconds.

The company said it also sold about 200 units of its 1215 notebook series and more than 200 units of its Eee Note netbooks during the Taipei trade show.

The tech fair, now in its 31st year, will move to Taichung on Friday and run until Dec. 22. It will then be in Kaohsiung from Dec. 30 until Jan. 4.

Asustek said it has scheduled a meeting in Taiwan for its global sales managers today and tomorrow to review the company’s sales records for this year and set new goals for next year.

Asustek chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) is expected to preside at the meeting, it said.

The firm said sales in Eastern Europe for next year are expected to grow by 30 percent to 40 percent from this year, and its sales in China are also expected to grow steadily.

The company said it aims to move up one notch next year to become the fourth-largest notebook seller in the world.

Asustek’s sales outlook for the first quarter of next year is optimistic, according to a recent report released by US tech giant Intel Corp.

Asustek posted NT$12.47 billion in net profit for the first nine months of this year, with an earnings per share of NT$19.88, which was better than the market had expected.

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