DigiTimes writes laptop shipments from world's five largest brands did better than anticipated in January 2014. Sales managed to increase 9 percent versus the same period a year earlier, despite a 15 percent decline in December 2013:
Asustek outperformed other vendors with a 25% sequential gain in January with shipments, excluding the convertible model T100, reaching 1.5 million units. Additionally, shipments of T100 nearly doubled in January as compared to the previous month.
Apple, Lenovo and Dell followed Asustek in terms of shipments in January, said Digitimes Research, adding that Apple is likely to maintain a shipment volume of over one million units a month in the first quarter, powered by its MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Among ODMs, Inventec and Pegatron performed relatively strong in January after they posted significant shipment declines a month earlier, while sequential drops posted by Quanta, Compal Electronics and Wistron were in line with market expectations.