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Wistron reports nearly 5 percent revenue growth

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

Contract PC maker Wistron Corp (緯創) yesterday reported nearly 5 percent monthly growth in revenue to NT$47.04 billion (US$1.43 billion) last month as clients launched new notebook computers and smart devices.

“Thanks to new orders from a major client, our shipments of smart devices surged 70 percent to 500,000 units in July and increased to 850,000 units last month,” said a company official, who declined to be named.

Sales of notebook computers, which accounted for 47 percent of Wistron’s total sales, grew 14.28 percent monthly, with shipments rising to 16 million units from 14 million units in July, the official said.

On an annual basis, Wistron’s revenue last month declined 2.02 percent from a year earlier due to a high comparison base last year, the official said, adding that notebook shipments plunged 22.22 percent from last year’s 18 million units and smart-device shipments plummeted 34.61 percent from 13 million units a year earlier.

In the first eight months, accumulated revenue grew 9.1 percent year-on-year to NT$388.42 billion, Wistron said.

As notebook shipments are likely to grow monthly this quarter amid back-to-school demand, the company could report a double-digit percentage increase in notebook shipments this quarter from last quarter’s 46 million units, the official said.

Shipment of smart devices, which contributed 11 percent of Wistron’s total revenue, may be flat or drop slightly this month from last month, the official said.

Separately, rival Inventec Corp (英業達) saw sales rise 4.47 percent year-on-year and 1.52 percent month-on-month to NT$32.7 billion last month, thanks to higher demand for commercial notebook products.

Inventec said it expects PC-related product shipments this month to be flat from last month’s 1.7 million units.

Overall, shipments of its PC-related products and mobile devices this quarter might increase by a double-digit percentage from last quarter, the company said.

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