Quanta Computer Inc (廣達), the world’s top contract laptop maker, yesterday reported sales last month amounted to NT$76.14 billion (US$2.59 billion), up 4.79 percent from NT$72.65 billion in August, but down 15.84 percent from NT$90.47 billion a year ago.
In the quarter that ended last month, sales totaled NT$220.53 billion, up 15.44 percent from NT$191.02 billion in the previous quarter, but down 13.88 percent from NT$256.09 billion during the same period of last year, Quanta said in an e-mailed statement.
“Overall, end-demand for traditional PCs remains weak because of rising sales in tablets and smartphones,” a company official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said by telephone.
Despite Intel Corp’s launch of new low-power Atom chip, dubbed Bay Trail, and Microsoft Corp’s launch of Windows 8.1 operating system, personal computer brands seemed hesitant in placing new orders, the official said.
“As the Windows 8.1 operating system is a brand-new platform designed to compete against touch-enabled tablets running Google Inc’s Android mobile operating system, consumers may need more time to learn how to perform tasks on the platform,” the official said, adding that Windows 8-powered personal computers may not be a sales driver until next year.
Meanwhile, Pegatron Corp (和碩), the world’s fifth-largest contract laptop maker, yesterday said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that sales last month expanded 75.44 percent to NT$116.85 billion from NT$66.6 billion in August and up 45.55 percent from NT$80.28 billion a year ago.
The company said it generated sales of NT$256.41 billion last quarter, up 25.69 percent from NT$203.99 billion in the previous quarter and 62.44 percent higher than NT$157.84 billion a year ago.
On Tuesday, Inventec Corp (英業達), the world’s fourth-largest contract laptop maker, said sales last month increased 25.55 percent month-on-month and 37.32 percent year-on-year to NT$47.54 billion.
Last quarter’s sales increased to NT$122.46 billion, up 18.64 percent from the previous quarter and a rise of 68.72 percent from a year earlier.