Chip sales continue to be weak

Apple and the PC market were slow in the second quarter, according to research published by Carnegie Research.

April has shown some changes from the traditional seasonal chip pattern, while sales of Apple handsets aren’t likely to show many gains either.

According to the research, Taiwanese exports in April also showed a slowdown. However, Korea showed some growth in April while Vietnamese handsets were boosted in May. Carnegie thinks that Korean company Samsung will produce 240 million handsets during 2013 – that’s 40 percent of the giant’s production.

In the USA, retail sales were weak in April and PC imports March. There’s a slowdown in handset retail sales in mainland China, partly caused by price pressure. However, Chinese handset exports grew.