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Contract notebook manufacturers see revenues decline

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s major contract notebook manufacturers reported declining revenues last month, because of stalled shipments ahead of the launch of new devices running the Windows 8 operating system in the fourth quarter, according to statements issued by the companies.

Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the world’s largest contract notebook producer, said in a statement yesterday that its consolidated revenue last month was NT$83.61 billion (US$2.8 billion), which was down 6.05 percent month-on-month and 10.16 percent lower year-on-year.

The Taoyuan-based company said in a statement that it shipped 4.2 million notebooks last month, which represented a decrease of 6.67 percent from the 4.5 million units it shipped in July.

In the first eight months, Quanta said its accumulated revenue was NT$628.35 billion, down 9.83 percent year-on-year from NT$696.83 billion.

Quanta’s monthly sales decline was smaller than that of its major local rival Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶), as the company benefited from MacBook orders from Apple Inc, tablets from Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc, as well as contributions from data storage hardware.

Compal, the world’s second-largest contract producer of notebooks, yesterday said its consolidated revenue last month was NT$51.76 billion, down 7.71 percent month-on-month, according to a company statement.

Last month’s sales figure was 10.24 percent lower than the NT$57.66 billion recorded a year earlier, Compal said in a separate statement. Accumulated revenue for the first eight months was down 6.3 percent to NT$433.95 billion from NT$463.11 billion the year before, it said.

The Taipei-based Compal said its laptop shipments (including tablets) were 3.1 million units last month, compared with 3 million units the previous month.

Meanwhile, PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) yesterday said unconsolidated sales last month was NT$32.01 billion, 5.95 percent lower than NT$30.21 billion in June but 3.79 percent less than NT$33.27 billion a year earlier.

Total revenue between January and last month was NT$235.68 billion, up 17.42 percent year-on-year, Asustek said.

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