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Notebooks lose out as sales of tablets bite into shipments

Staff writer with CNA

Global notebook shipments registered almost flat growth for the second quarter of the year, with disappointing shipments of leading brands’ new models, a local research institute said on Friday.

NUMBERS

Shipments totaled 39.4 million units globally in the April to June period, up 0.4 percent from the previous quarter, while shipments of the top nine brands contracted 0.7 percent sequentially, WitsView said in a statement.

“Leading brands’ new models carrying Intel’s quad-core Haswell central processing unit showed unideal shipments, and the old models were digested slowly,” the research institute said.

TURBULENCE

Shipments of major branded notebooks “have faced turbulence” since June, their growth prospects being revised down and expected to be between 4 percent and 6 percent during the third quarter, WitsView said.

Analysts said that despite a recovery in the second half of this year, notebook shipments for the whole of 2013 were expected to suffer a double-digit decline as tablet computers gain in popularity.

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