PC maker sales up on Windows 8.1

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Sep 10, 2013 - Page 14

Contract computer makers Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶電腦), Wistron Corp (緯創) and Inventec Corp (英業達) yesterday reported that sales last month recovered after they received Microsoft Corp’s certificates for manufacturing computers that run Microsoft’s new Windows 8.1 operating system.

Compal last month generated sales of NT$52.1 billion (US$1.75 billion), up 2.43 percent from NT$50.86 billion in the previous month and 0.74 percent from NT$51.71 billion a year ago.

Cumulative sales over the first eight months of the year edged up 0.67 percent to NT$437.33 billion from NT$434.41 billion during the same period last year, the company said in a stock exchange filing.

Wistron, which counts Hewlett-Packard Co (HP), Dell Inc and Acer Inc (宏碁) as its major clients, said sales increased 8.65 percent to NT$52.82 billion last month from NT$48.61 billion in July. On an annual basis, sales expanded 14.68 percent from NT$46.06 billion a year ago. However, cumulative sales dropped 1.93 percent to NT$422.4 billion in the first eight months from NT$430.7 billion during the same period last year, Wistron said.The firm forecast that shipments would continue growing through next quarter, with laptop and tablet shipments set to achieve double-digit month-on-month growth.

Meanwhile, Inventec, one of Lenovo Group’s (聯想) laptop assemblers, said sales last month totaled NT$37.86 billion, up 2.17 percent from NT$37.06 billion in July and 34.74 percent from NT$28.1 billion a year ago.