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Taiwanese PC makers say revenues fell last month

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

Three Taiwanese PC makers’ revenues declined last month from the previous month as well as from a year ago mainly due to continuing weakness in the industry.

Asustek Computer Inc’s (華碩) sales last month fell 11.06 percent annually and 5.73 percent monthly to NT$41.41 billion (US$1.26 billion).

“PC demand has improved recently, but the overall weakness in the industry remains,” Asustek chief financial officer Nick Wu (吳長榮) told the Taipei Times.

Wu also attributed the monthly decline in sales to a higher notebook and motherboard shipment base in September.

Asustek’s consolidated sales in the first 10 month of this year reached NT$381.03 billion, down 1.29 percent from the NT$386.01 billion made over the same period last year.

Citing the approacing holiday season in the West and China’s 11.11 Singles’ Day (光棍節) shopping festival, Wu said the company expects notebook and smartphone shipments to peak for the year.

“The strong growth momentum of the smartphone segment might extend into December,” Wu added.

However, next month’s notebook shipments might decline from this month due to a higher shipment base and seasonality, he said.

Contract notebook maker Wistron Corp’s (緯創) revenues last month slipped 1.62 percent on an annual basis and 6.48 percent from September to NT$56.83 billion, dragged down by declining notebook shipments.

In the first 10 months of this year, Wistron’s sales grew 6.48 percent to NT$506.02 billion from last year’s NT$475.22 billion, according to the firm’s filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Wistron said it expects this month’s notebook shipments, which contributed 42 percent of the company’s total shipments last quarter, to grow from last month’s 1.6 million units, supported by the traditional peak season.

Compal Electronics Co’s (仁寶) sales last month reached NT$73.69 billion, an annual decline of 9.91 percent and a drop of 19.49 percent from September’s results.

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