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Consolidated sales could hit record high: Asustek

TOP-THREE BOUND:Asustek plans to ship between 22 million and 23.8 million notebook PCs next year, up more than 20%, to vie with Dell to become world No. 3

By Jason Tan  /  Staff Reporter

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦), the world’s No. 5 PC brand, yesterday posted unaudited standalone revenue of NT$29.88 billion (US$989.27 million) for last month, down 5 percent from a month earlier.

The figure increased 18 percent from the same month last year, a company statement said.

Asustek’s consolidated revenue could hit a monthly record high at NT$40.7 billion for last month on the back of strong notebook PC sales in Europe, Asustek chief financial officer David Chang (張偉明) said.

He said Asustek shipped a monthly record high of 2.4 million notebook PCs last month, with half of them going to Europe.

Asustek releases unconsolidated revenue every month and only posts consolidated data during its quarterly investor conferences.

Asustek projected in late October that consolidated revenue would drop between 5 and 10 percent for the fourth quarter from the third quarter, when it posted NT$102.04 billion in sales, in the aftermath of floods in Thailand that interrupted the country’s -production of hard disk drives.

The netbook PC pioneer, which conducted a week-long annual global sales meeting this week to review next year’s targets, said on Monday that it aimed to ship between 22 million and 23.8 million notebook PCs next year, up more than 20 percent from 19.6 million this year.

With those shipments on track, it would be well-positioned to challenge US-based Dell Inc to become the world’s No. 3 notebook brand next year.

Asustek also said it targets to ship between 3 million and 6 million tablet PCs next year, betting on its popular Eee Pad Transformer series.

It expected tablet shipments to hit 1.8 million this year after it launched the first model in April.

Shares of Asustek yesterday advanced 1.98 percent to close at NT$206 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Separately, Pegatron Corp (和碩) and Unihan Corp (永碩), two contract manufacturing arms of Asustek, posted combined sales of NT$49.73 billion last month, down 12.2 percent month-on-month, but up 38 percent from the same period last year.

The month-on-month decline was caused by lower shipments of consumer electronics, such as game consoles, e-readers and computing products, including notebooks and desktops, a statement said.

Their combined revenue for the January-to-November period increased 12.9 percent year-on-year to NT$444.29 billion.

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