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January revenues drop at leading notebook makers

BUCKING THE TREND:Asustek’s Pegatron Corp saw revenue jump by 60 percent year-on-year, but holidays cut into revenue for major players Wistron and Quanta

By Jason Tan  /  Staff Reporter

Taiwan’s major notebook makers Wistron Corp (緯創) and Quanta Computer Inc (廣達) on Wednesday both posted reduced revenues for last month because of seasonality and fewer working days due to the extended Lunar New Year holidays.

Wistron said in a statement that its revenue hit NT$51.48 billion (US$1.7 billion) last month, down 22.31 percent from a record NT$66.27 billion in December.

Sales last month were up 12.96 percent year-on-year, Wistron said.

The company said its notebook shipments were 800,000 units less last month than in December, at 2.4 million units, and estimated it would ship 15 percent fewer notebooks in the first quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, Quanta posted sales of NT$78.3 billion last month, down 14.4 percent month-on-month, but up 2.12 percent from the same month last year.

Notebook shipments also dropped to 3.8 million units last month from 4.2 million units in December, Quanta said in a separate statement.

Shipment momentum should pick up from this month onwards as the company did not see a major labor shortage after the Lunar New Year at production facilities in China, and the shortage of hard drives had also eased, the statement said.

Separately, Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) said yesterday that quarterly profit jumped by more than half on strong sales. Net income rose to US$153 million in the fourth quarter, up 54 percent year-on-year, while revenue was up 44 percent to a record US$8.4 billion, its statement showed.

Lenovo recorded its highest-ever worldwide market share at 14 percent for the quarter and its highest-ever market share in China at 35.3 percent.

Menawhile, Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), the world’s No. 4 PC brand, yesterday posted unconsolidated sales for last month at NT$21.82 billion, down 11 percent month-on-month, but a rise of 10 percent from the corresponding period a year ago.

Bucking the downward trend, Pegatron Corp (和碩), a manufacturing arm of Asustek, said it posted a month-on-month growth in revenue last month to NT$46.8 billion, a jump of 60 percent from a year ago.

The company, in a statement, attributed the growth to robust demand for communications devices and consumer electronics products, while adding that sales of its PC products declined by a low double-digit percentage.

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