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Asustek cuts Q2 shipment targets on softer Windows 8 demand

2013/06/17 13:36:04

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Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Asustek Computer Inc. on Monday said it has revised downward its second-quarter forecasts for notebook and tablet computer shipments, because of weaker-than-expected demand for the Windows 8 operating system.

The Taiwanese computer maker now expects its second-quarter notebook shipments to fall 10 percent from the previous quarter to about 4.23 million units, while its tablet shipments will likely drop by 10 percent to 2.7 million units, Asustek Chief Financial Officer David Chang said during a meeting with shareholders.

However, Asustek had told investors on May 6 that it expected to ship 4.8 million notebooks and 2.8 million tablets during the April-June period.

Chang said the company's notebook and tablet shipments are forecast to grow significantly in the third quarter on the back of new product launches, while its fourth-quarter shipments will likely remain flat or grow slightly from the previous quarter.

He noted that Asustek maintained its annual shipment target for notebooks at 20 million to 25 million units and for tablets at 12 million units.

(By Jeffrey Wu)