Taiwan’s Acer May sales fall 29% year-on-year

11 Jun

Acer Inc , the world’s second largest notebook manufacturer, reported May sales of T$35.74 billion ($1.24 billion), more than 29 percent lower than May 2010. Acer’s sales are clearly being cannibalised by smartphones and tablets.

2 Responses to “Taiwan’s Acer May sales fall 29% year-on-year”

  1. Michael June 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I remember reading a profile of IBM years ago and it said that they made a conscious decision to move away from a reliance on desktops/laptops for revenue due to them being seen as a commodity, price point being the only differentiation.

    It seems Acer made no such move into offering either services, specialised electronic equipment or specialised components. As is the case with most commodities it’s evident their products are able to be substituted so they better fire up the rd labs quick smart.

    • The Cognitive Dissonance.com June 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      I remember reading that as well. IBM eventually exited their Thinkpad notebook franchise which was sold to Lenovo. Even more interesting were Alan Sugar’s comments and thoughts in the 1980s when he realised that Bill Gates had better gauged the direction of the PC market by focusing on software rather than hardware.

      Sugar was so engrossed in the PC commodity business and even admitted that he had totally missed the mark with software and Microsoft.

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