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Pegatron leads September contract PC sales

Contract notebook PC maker Pegatron led its peers in September sales, followed by Compal, data released by the manufacturers showed.

Overall, contract notebook makers reported sales growth last month, due to an increase in shipments in the lead up to the rollout of the Windows 8 operating system, the manufacturers said.

Growth ranged from between 12 percent and 50 percent, they said.

In terms of shipments, Inventec gave the best performance, reporting September shipment growth of 50 percent compared to August. For the third quarter, shipments totaled 4.2 million, growing 10.52 percent compared to the second quarter.

Compal reported September shipments of between 3.9 million and 4 million computer units, a growth of 32 percent from August. For the third quarter the firm had total shipments of about 10 million, a rise of 7.5 percent from the 9.3 million for the April-June period.

Wistron reported September shipments of 2.9 million, growing 31.8 percent month-on-month. Third quarter shipments reduced by 4.5 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Pegatron reported September shipments of 1.5 million, a growth of 25 percent. The firm shipped out 4 million in the third quarter, a decline of 24 percent from the 5.3 million in the second.

Quanta shipped out 4.7 million notebooks in September, lower than market expectations. The figure represented a growth of 12 percent from the 4.2 million for August. For the third quarter, Quanta shipped out 13.4 million units, a decline of 3.6 percent from the second quarter. The market had expected the firm to see third quarter shipments stay flat or experience a slight growth on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

Overall, for the third quarter, only Inventec and Compal reported quarter-on-quarter shipment growth.

In terms of September sales, Pegatron reported NT$68.274 billion, its highest ever. The figure was a rise of 16.2 percent month-on-month and 27 percent year-on-year.

Inventec had September sales of NT$26.768 billion, an increase of 26.11 percent from August, helped by the firm's notebook shipments of 1.8 million last month.

Compal had September consolidated sales of NT$64.52 billion, the highest in 18 months. The figure was a rise of 24.7 percent from August and 12.9 percent from the same period last year.

Wistron reported September sales of NT$58.417 billion, a rise of 26.87 percent from August. Quanta posted sales of NT$83.495 billion last month, a decline of 0.1 percent month-on-month and 5.8 percent year-on-year.

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