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Sales at world's largest notebook maker surge

Sales at world's largest notebook maker surge

Sales at Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest notebook computer maker, rose by a fifth during the first half of the year on surging laptop sales.

Sales at Quanta Computer, the world's largest notebook computer maker, rose by 23 per cent during the first half of the year on strong laptop computer sales.

The company, a primary contract manufacturer for companies such as Dell and HP, reported its sales increased to $NT166.7 billion ($US5.11 billion) in the six months ending June 30, up from $NT135.0 billion during the same time last year.

"Revenue was really good because unit growth [in notebooks] was strong," an industry analyst at Deutsche Bank in Taipei, Frank Lee, said.

Overall notebook computer shipments should grow by more than 20 per cent this year and maintain a 20 per cent per year growth rate for the next two or three years, he said.

However, Quanta's net income fell to $NT4.1 billion ($US125.7 million) compared to $NT6 billion for the same period last year. The company suffered from losses at an LCD (liquid crystal display) affiliate company.

The company could not be reached for comment on this report.

Growth in PC sales, including laptops, should remain strong due to a host of factors, including low prices, the influence of emerging markets worldwide and ongoing demand growth for portable computers, market researcher IDC said.

Sales of notebook computers are expected to grow at about three times the pace of desktop PC sales over the next few years.

Worldwide notebook shipments would grow by 19.4 per cent this year, compared with a 6 per cent growth rate for desktops, IDC said. PC vendors would ship more than 130 million desktops in 2005, compared with about 52 million notebooks.


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