Asustek ranked No. 2 PC maker in Japan in 2013
Central News Agency
2014-01-13 12:16 PM
Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. was ranked as the second-largest personal computer maker in Japan last year, thanks to its tablet sales, according to data from the Tokyo-based research firm BCN Inc. BCN, which tracks retail sales of consumer items in Japan, found that Asustek held a 16.1 percent share of Japan's 2013 PC market -- including notebooks, desktops and tablets -- second only to Apple Inc.'s 19.1 percent. In third to fifth places were Japanese companies NEC Corp. with a 15.9 percent share of the market, Toshiba Corp. with 13.2 percent, and Fujitsu Ltd. with 12.2 percent. The top two vendors in Japan's tablet market were Apple and Asustek, with a 45.1 percent and 34.5 percent share, respectively. Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. was third with a 3.9 percent share, followed by Taiwan's Acer Inc. with 3.2 percent and China's Lenovo Group Ltd. with 1.8 percent, BCN said. In the notebook PC rankings, however, Asustek held only an 8 percent market share and ranked fifth, lagging behind four Japanese manufacturers that all secured a double-digit share of the market. In BCN's monthly tablet sales survey, five of the top-10 best-selling tablets in Japan in December were Asustek's, with the 32GB model of the low-cost Nexus 7 rising to No. 1 from sixth place in November.

Apple's original iPad mini, with a 16GB storage capacity and Wi-Fi connectivity, remained in second place in December, while the new 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air fell to third after leading the rankings in November when it debuted. (By Jeffrey Wu)

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