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Quanta reports drop in Q1 sales

SINKING FEELING:As the market for PCs and notebooks continues to be hit hard by consumers switching to mobile devices, the laptop maker reported falling sales

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the world’s top contract laptop maker, yesterday said its sales last month, and in the first quarter, declined from a year earlier because of a decrease in its notebook shipments.

The company said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that its consolidated revenue for last month dropped 10.08 percent to NT$70.6 billion (US$2.36 billion) from NT$78.52 billion the previous year, although the figure was up 25 percent from the NT$56.5 billion it reported in February.

In the first three months of the year, Quanta posted a 16.91 percent drop in consolidated revenue to NT$197.3 billion, from NT$237.47 billion during the same period of last year.

NOTEBOOKS

The Taoyuan-based company attributed the quarterly decline to falling notebook shipments in the quarter, which contracted by about 28 percent to 9.7 million units from 13.5 million units the previous year.

Quanta said it would have to wait until June to see if its notebook shipments achieve significant growth, adding that it plans to launch products with new central processing units (CPU) by the end of the current quarter.

Meanwhile, in a separate filing, Pegatron Corp (和碩), an assembler of Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad products, said its consolidated revenue last month fell for a second consecutive month to NT$64.58 billion.

Though sales last month fell by 5.95 percent from NT$68.67 billion in February due to fewer smartphone shipments, Pegatron’s first-quarter consolidated revenue expanded by 28.92 percent to NT$221.32 billion from NT$171.67 the previous year, the company said.

SHIPMENTS DOWN

Pegatron said its notebook shipments in the first quarter dropped by between 20 percent and 25 percent quarter-on-quarter to about 3 million units, while its desktop and communications product shipments both shrank by between 30 percent and 35 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Separately, Pegatron’s subsidiary CaseTek Holdings Ltd (鎧勝), which supplies metal casings used in Apple’s iPad, yesterday posted 114.53 percent year-on-year growth in first-quarter consolidated revenue.

Casetek said it generated sales of NT$9.79 billion during the January-to-March period.

In March alone, Casetek’s consolidated revenue grew by 87.29 percent to NT$2.8 billion from NT$1.49 billion the previous year, according to a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

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