By: Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang
Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc., the two leading PC brands in Taiwan, both reported on Friday an increase in sales for April due to more people working and learning remotely, which boosted demand for computer products, offsetting the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acer said it posted NT$19.75 billion (US$661 million) in consolidated sales, up 41.1 percent from a year earlier, while Asustek announced its consolidated sales for the month rose 13.7 percent from a year earlier to NT$22.74 billion.
In a statement, Acer said although the COVID-19 pandemic had forced many consumers to stay at home, the company benefited from solid demand because of an increase in online working and learning.
Under such circumstances, Acer said sales of its Chromebook notebook computers rose 327.9 percent from a year earlier in April, while purchases of its ultrabook computers almost doubled last month. [FULL STORY]