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Compal sales top local notebook makers in June

TAIPEI--Compal Electronics Inc., one of Taiwan's leading contract notebook computer makers, posted the highest sales in June among its local competitors, market statistics showed Saturday.

The June figures showed that Compal replaced Quanta Computer Inc. as biggest notebook computer supplier in Taiwan, on the back of large orders from Hewlett-Packard Co., according to market analysts.

Compal's consolidated sales for June totaled NT$76.71 billion (US$2.57 billion), up 12.8 percent from the previous month and 34.6 percent year-on-year. The June sales were Compal's highest in 44 months, with shipments of 4.4 million units.

Meanwhile, Quanta recorded NT$71.80 billion in consolidated sales for June, up 2.41 percent from May and 4.77 percent from a year earlier, with shipments of 4.3 million units.

Compal's data for June showed that it recorded the highest monthly and annual growth among all local notebook computer contact manufacturers.

In the first half of the year, Compal saw an 11.4-percent annual increase in consolidated sales, beating Quanta's 10.82 percent.

Compal President Ray Chen said his company benefited from a recovering global PC business in the second quarter and is likely to see quarterly growth momentum in the second half of the year as the sector's peak season approaches.

According to Gartner Inc., worldwide PC shipments rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter after eight quarters of decline, indicating that the global PC market is stabilizing.

Quanta Vice Chairman C.C. Leung said that judging from the orders the company has received from its customers, sales for the second quarter are very likely to surpass the first half's NT$430.34 billion.

Simon Lin, chairman of Wistron Corp., another local contract notebook computer maker, backed that forecast, projecting a significant sales increase for his company in second half of the year during the peak season.

Wistron posted NT$49.17 billion in consolidated sales in June, up 12 percent from a month earlier but down 7.99 percent year-on-year. Its first-half consolidated sales fell by an annual 18.48 percent to NT$261.65 billion.

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