Notebook shipments up in August

Compaq 386The news for vendors of notebooks hasn’t been good for many quarters now but it appears August offers a glimmer of hope for the manufacturers.

Digitimes Research (DR) said that the top five brands showed growth of 17 percent in August, over July’s figures.

In more rosy times, August was the month that manufacturers prepared machines for the “back to school” period but that patterns been disrupted for some years now.

DR said that out of the top five vendors, HP, Lenovo and Acer had a healthy August showing growth of 30 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent respectively.

But the shipments were not too good for Asustek and Dell, which showed weak growth, with DR believing the latter suffered from lack of demand in the commercial sector.

Meanwhile, the original design manufacturers – that is to say the companies that actually make the kit that is later branded, also did well, with Quanta, Compal and Wistron all seeing growth for the period.

DR believes it’s impossible right now to gauge the effect of Windows 10 on notebook sales.

And while many of the companies showed growth in shipments, those aren’t sales.