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Global notebook shipments up over 6% in May

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Shipments of notebook computers rose more than 6 percent in May from a month earlier due to the launch of new models, which have boosted buying, according to Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce.

Among the top international brands, Taiwan's Acer Inc. witnessed its shipments jumping about 60 percent month-on-month in May to hit 1.6 million units, TrendForce cited statistics as saying. The May shipment volume and growth were the highest for Acer since the fourth quarter of last year.

Last month, Acer posted NT$25.55 billion (US$850 million) in consolidated sales, up 32.69 percent from April, but down 2.91 percent from a year earlier.

In terms of units, TrendForce said global notebook computer shipments totaled 14 million units in May, up 6.4 percent from April.

The advisory firm added that newly-unveiled models sparked strong buying. In particular, budget notebook computers, including models with a price tag of about US$249, made a strong showing, it said.

U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. ranked as the largest notebook computer supplier in May, grasping a 20 percent share in the global market after its shipments gained 50 percent from a month earlier, the statistics said.

China's Lenovo Group Ltd. came in second in May with a 16 percent market share, ahead of Acer and Asustek Computer Inc., both from Taiwan, which won a 12 percent share each, to tie with each other as the third largest vendor, the statistics showed.

TrendForce said Dell Corp. of the United States grasped an 11 percent share to become the fifth largest notebook computer vendor in the world, followed by U.S.-based Apple Inc. and Japan's Toshiba Corp. with an 8 percent market share each to rank as the sixth largest vendor during the same time.

The advisory firm said Dell and Apple saw their shipments in May falling 17 percent and 33 percent, respectively, from a month earlier due to a relatively high comparison base in April, but Toshiba's shipments rose 18 percent from a month earlier.

Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Sony Corp. were the eighth and ninth largest notebook computer vendors, respectively, after winning a 3 percent and 0.1 percent market share in May, TrendForce said.

In the first five months of this year, notebook computer shipments worldwide totaled 64.50 million units, up almost 5 percent from a year earlier, it said.

In June, shipments could rise 9 to 11 percent from May, TrendForce said, attributing the optimistic prediction to the intensive promotion campaigns launched by the vendors to cater to rising buying during the summer vacation.

The advisory firm said shipments for 2014 are expected to total 168 million units, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier. But judging from a revival in buying, it said it is possible that it will revise the shipment forecast upward to predict a positive year-on-year increase.

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