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Asus, Acer remain leading notebook vendors

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese computer makers Asustek ComputerInc. and Acer Inc. remained among the five leading global notebook vendors in February despite a decline in the broader market, according to a local research report.

WitsView, a panel research division of TrendForce Corp., said in the report that Asustek had a 10.3 percent worldwide market share last month, ranking it fourth, followed by Acer with an 8.8 percent market share.

U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. and China's Lenovo Group Ltd. remained the top two notebook vendors and the only two companies among top five players recording positive annual growth in shipments in February.

The two companies had 19.6 percent and 17.2 percent market shares, respectively, the report said.

Dell Inc., which also saw its shipments fall on a yearly basis, ranked third with an 11.0 percent market share, the report said.

Overall notebook shipments during February totaled 12.3 million units, down 9.3 percent from January, because of inventory adjustments, fewer work days and a tight labor supply, said WitsView Assistant Research Manager Caroline Chen.

She forecast that notebook shipments in March will grow by 17 percent to 20 percent from February on the back of an easing labor supply and rush orders from distributors.

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