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Top laptop makers suffer season’s lows

BETTER OUTLOOK:With PC shipments expected to pick up this year, Quanta has forecast single-digit growth on last year’s sales, a Quanta investor relations official said

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the world’s top contract laptop maker, yesterday reported a sales decline of 23.84 percent to NT$72.03 billion (US$2.38 million) from the previous month, as the PC industry entered a traditional slow season.

On an annual basis, the company’s sales last month rose 2.61 percent.

Quanta’s investor relations official Alai Chiu (邱珮倫) said by telephone that the company’s sales for this quarter might fall at a double-digit rate from last quarter due to seasonal factors, but should be higher than the year-earlier level because of a low comparative base.

Last month, Quanta shipped 3.6 million laptops, down 10 percent from 4 million in December last year, but up 9.09 percent from 3.3 million units a year ago, Chiu said.

With the global PC market expected to recover this year, Quanta forecasts its sales to flatten, or achieve single-digit percentage growth from last year’s NT$880.41 billion, Chiu said.

Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶), the world’s second-largest contract notebook maker, saw its sales total NT$53.47 billion last month, down 17.31 percent month-on-month and 6.49 percent year-on-year.

The company sold 2.8 million laptops last month, a 37.77 percent decline from 4.5 million units in December last year and a 26.31 percent drop from 3.8 million units sold a year ago.

“The double-digit month-on-month contraction is attributable to seasonal factors,” Compal’s investor relations official Tina Chang (張妍婷) said. “Shipments are expected to see sequential growth from next quarter.”

Also impacted by seasonality, Wistron Corp (緯創), the world’s third-largest contract laptop maker, reported a sales drop of 19.08 percent month-on-month and 26.28 percent year-on-year to NT$39 billion.

The company shipped 1.4 million laptops last month, less than the 1.9 million units in December last year and 2.3 million units a year ago.

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