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Acer sales soar 30% on-month in May

TAIPEI--The consolidated sales of Taiwan-based personal computer vendor Acer Inc. (宏碁) rose more than 30 percent in May from the previous month because of growing shipments of tablet computers and smartphones, analysts said Wednesday.

Acer is one of several Taiwanese PC vendors and electronics contractors that are allocating resources to mobile device production in an attempt to offset the impact of the weakness of the global PC market.

In a statement released Tuesday, Acer said it posted NT$25.55 billion (US$852 million) in consolidated sales in May, up 32.69 percent from a month earlier but down 2.91 percent from the same month a year earlier.

In the first five months of this year, Acer's consolidated sales totaled NT$121.53 billion, down 15.54 percent from a year ago.

Analysts said the boost in buying interest from Acer's efforts to launch new tablet computers and smartphones in late April is expected to extend Acer's sales growth momentum into June. year.

In a recent research note, Barclays Capital said Acer's shipments of tablet computers could hit 10 million units for 2014, double the 5 million units shipped a year ago, and shipments of smartphones could rise to 10 million units this year, from 1.5 million units last year.

But the bank estimated that Acer's core notebook computer shipments will range between 17 million units and 18 million units in 2014, down from more than 19 million units shipped in 2013.

Meanwhile, Quanta Computer Inc. (廣達), the world's largest notebook computer ODM services provider, posted NT$70.12 billion in consolidated sales for May, down 3.4 percent from a month earlier but up 14.8 percent from a year earlier.

Quanta's notebook shipments totaled 3.9 million units for the month, up 18 percent from April, but despite the increase in shipments, May sales trended lower because low-priced models were more heavily weighted in its product mix.

In the first five months of the year, Quanta's consolidated sales rose 12.1 percent from a year earlier to NT$358.54 billion.

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