Asustek Reduces Notebook Shipment Forecast

TAIPEI – Asustek Computer Inc. reduced its global notebook PC shipment forecast to 6.6 million units for 2008, down from a projected 7 million units, say published reports.

The firm’s original projection was up more than 60% compared to 2007 results. However, the company adjusted the forecast downward by 5.7%.

Asustek attributes the adjustment to strong market competition; the European market is particularly struggling, with the second-quarter growth rate estimated at a mere 3 to 5%.

The firm forecasts sales of its Eee PC to reach 5 million units globally in 2008, including 1.3 million units in the second quarter.