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Asustek's shipments are up, Acer's are down: IDC

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩電腦), a Taiwan-based PC vendor, registered a roughly 3 percent year-on-year increase in shipments for the second quarter, but rival Acer Inc. suffered a more than 2-percent drop in the same period, according to International Data Corp (IDC).

Worldwide, PC shipments in the second quarter fell 1.7 percent from a year earlier to 74.4 million units, but the contraction was lower than an earlier IDC estimate of a 7.1-percent decline on the back of continued business PC replacements and rising consumer interest in lower-priced models.

Lenovo Sits Atop Ranking

IDC said China's Lenovo Group (聯想集團) was the largest PC vendor in the second quarter after shipping 14.56 million units, up 15.1 percent from a year earlier, to take a 19.6 percent share of the market.

U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. came in second, shipping 13.64 million units in the three-month period to take an 18.3 percent share of the world's market, ahead of Dell Corp., also from the U.S., which shipped 10.45 million units in the period to take a 14-percent market share.

On its website, the global market information advisory firm said that Asustek shipped 4.61 million PCs in the April-June period, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier, on the back of strong sales in entry- and mid-level notebook computers.

“The vendor has also taken steps to capture opportunities created by the sale of Sony's PC division,” IDC said in a statement.

Asustek took a 6.2-percent share of the global PC market in the second quarter, up from 5.9 percent recorded in the same period of last year, to rank as the world's fifth-largest PC vendor.

Acer shipped 6.12 million PCs in the three-month period, down 2.5 percent from a year earlier, but IDC said the decline was a marked improvement as the company continued to “diversify its business, with efforts in mobile devices and cloud storage as well as competitively priced PCs,” IDC said.

In the second quarter, Acer was the fourth-largest PC vendor in the world with a 8.2 percent market share, compared with 8.3 percent recorded in the same period of last year.

AT&T to Sell Asus New PadFone X

Concurrently, Asustek Computer Inc. is planning to sell a successor to its PadFone X through U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc. as the 2-in-1 device is gaining popularity in the United States.

Asustek Vice President Benson Lin said the PadFone X, a variant of the company's flagship PadFone series, has gained more market acceptance in the U.S. since it went on sale exclusively through AT&T in June at US$199 on a two-year contract.

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