Netbook and tablet growth forecast by Asustek


Netbook and tablet growth forecast by Asustek

Simon Quicke

Strong sales of netbooks and tablets are expected to flow through the next three months if the forecasts of Asustek Computer are correct indicating the interest in the small PC form factor has not waned.

Although some market watchers have suggested that the emergence of tablets cannibalised the netbook market the technology is still fundamental for Asustek and its is second quarter results it used the chance to forecasting shipments of its main products in the next three months.

Delivering an 8% increase in net profit for the three months ended June up to T$3.595bn (£75.9m) from the same period the year before the other main highlight of the results was the optimism about Q3.

The vendor forecast notebooks sales increasing to 3.6m up from 3.1m in Q2 and netbook shipments would increase from 1m to 1.1m with its EPAD tablet also doubling its sales to 800,000 units.

Earlier this summer figures from GfK Retail and Technology UK indicated that the prospects of the netbook had not been faring that well with sales dropping for the device in the second quarter of this year..

Figures released in July showed that notebook sales fell 14% to 720,100, desktops declined over 21% to 126,000 and netbook sales dropped 36% to 185,900. As a percentage of overall sales, notebooks declined from 65% to 57%, netbooks were down from 22.5% to just under 15% and desktops fell from just over 12% to 10%.
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