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Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thrive

HP, Asus, Apple Notebook Sales

Notebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the “on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters,” and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it’s not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted. 

In Taiwan, notebook shipments dropped by 13.8% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, and by 6.8% compared to the same period last year. When it comes to worldwide shipments, the trend is similar, with notebook sales dropping by 14.2% sequentially and 5.5% compared to last year.

Companies including HP, Asus, Apple and Lenovo thrived, the publication shows, with the first three enjoying year-on-year growths of more than 10% at the expense of other companies that suffered during the first quarter.

Apple on Wednesday announced it sold 4.1 million Macs during the period. Comparatively, the company sold less than 4 million Macs in the same quarter a year ago, and 4.8 million units in the previous quarter.

Companies including Acer, Samsung and Sony had year-on-year drops higher than the market average in the first quarter. However, Digitimes notes that Acer has been restructuring its business, and Samsung and Sony are moving away from the notebook market.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.