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Taiwan PC shipments decline in Q2

Taiwan's PC shipments totaled 720,000 in the second quarter, down 8.7 percent quarter-on-quarter and 11 percent year-on-year, reported market research firm IDC yesterday.

The shipment decline led to narrowed sales, which totaled US$444 million, a decline of 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter and about 10 percent year-on-year.

According to IDC, sales declined by a smaller margin than shipments due to the Ultrabook, which has a higher unit price.

IDC further estimated PC shipments would fare no better in the second half, in which total products shipped out would reduce by 2 percent compared to the same period last year.

IDC Taiwan analyst Liu Yi-han pointed out last year's hard drive shortage problem was mostly resolved in the first quarter. Yet a delay in the Ivy Bridge rollout and a wait-and-see attitude taken by consumers prior to the release of the Win 8 operating system have caused consumers to postpone their purchases, she said.

Shipments declined 16.8 percent year-on-year in the enterprise segment and 8.3 percent in the home segment, she said.

Growth is expected in the fourth quarter, as Win 8-based PCs would begin to ship in October, said Yen Lan-hsin, IDC research manager.

By PC type, notebook PCs shipped 277,000 in the second quarter, a rise of 2.8 percent quarter-on-quarter and a decline of 15.4 percent year-on-year. Desktops shipped 442,900, a decline of 14.7 percent from the first quarter and 8.1 percent from the same period last year.

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