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Asia-Pacific PC shipments decline in Q2

Shipments of personal computers declined in the Asia-Pacific region during the second quarter due to weaker demand, reported market research firm Gartner yesterday.

According to the firm, the narrowing of China's PC market by 5.4 percent was the main reason for the shipment decline. Meanwhile, consumers facing budget constraints and more varied replacement products were less willing to put their money in PCs, Gartner said.

Among the top five brands, only Lenovo and AsusTek saw an increase in market share in the second quarter. Lenove retained its No. 1 position in terms of market share, with second quarter shipment increase of 12.6 percent on a year-on-year basis.

AsusTek, meanwhile, ranked No. 5 yet led with the biggest shipment increase of 24.8 percent, becoming one of the few brands that achieved shipment increases in the midst of bearishness in the Asia Pacific.

AsusTek earlier this week reported consolidated revenue of NT$94.2 billion for the second quarter, a rise of 4 percent from the first quarter. Gross profit was NT$13.41 billion, a rise of 6 percent from the first quarter and translating into a margin of 14.2 percent.

According to Gartner, most PC manufacturers spent the past year controlling inventories. They are now bracing themselves for the introduction of Ultrabook notebooks supported with the Windows 8 operating system.

By country, shipments declined by the biggest margin from Singapore, South Korea and Australia, falling 21.5 percent, 11.9 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively. Shipments from Taiwan fell 5 percent.

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