The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) said buyer attendance was up six percent at the recently concluded HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition).
More than 100,000 buyers, a new record, from 140 countries and regions participated. Majority of buyers were from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, the United States, Korea, Japan, Russia, Australia, India, Germany and the United Kingdom.
BenQ, which phased out of the handset market in the second half of 2008, is expected to make a comeback into the sector later in 2013 with a series of smartphones reportedly manufactured by Qisda, according to industry sources.
Tablet brand vendors have recently started turning to develop 8-inch models hoping the new product line will help boost their overall gross margins. However, since demand for 8-inch tablets has not picked up as expected, some vendors such as Asustek Computer have changed their strategies and launched devices with price ranges similar to those of 7-inch models, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
PC shipments in Asia-Pacific were at 28.1 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an 11.2 percent decline from the third quarter of 2012.
Research firm Gartner said the region was hampered by the currency volatilities, especially in India and Indonesia, where currencies plunged to record lows.
"Vendors were also mindful of Windows 8.1, new models based on Intel's Bay Trail that will start shipping the following quarter. Therefore, they were careful in managing inventory," it said.
Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics retail chains Tsann Kuen Enterprise and E-Life Mall saw their September consolidated revenues slip sequentially by 0.22 percent and 13.86 percent, respecitvely.
Japan's mobile device market is forecast to reach 56.1 million units with year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent in 2013, research firm IDC said in a recent report.
The total shipment of domestic mobile devices grew to 12.31 million units in the second quarter of 2013 with a healthy year-over-year growth rate of 14.7 percent, while PCs dropped to negative growth on a unit shipment basis.
China is currently suffering from a labor shortage and the issue has caused many notebook-related players to only be able to deliver 85% of their orders for September. With the approach of the year-end holidays, the labor shortage is expected to create an even more serious gap in October, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Major Indonesian mobile phone distributor and retailer PT Erajaya Swasembada (ERAA) said that it aimed to reap IDR3.3 trillion (USD286.21 million) from its retail unit, PT Erafone Artha Retailindo, this year amid strategies to dampen the impact of the rising dollar on profit margins.
The firm aimed to open up to 105 units this year on top of its already existing 400, according to Erajaya spokesman Djatmiko Wardoyo. "We have four store concepts under our retail unit and we're going to expand the number of outlets under each concept."
Technology giant Apple scored a hat-trick in Hong Kong in the second quarter, when it led all brands in sales of smartphones, media tablets and laptop personal computers.
HTC Corp. posted its first quarterly loss since its public listing in 2002, as an expensive effort to revive its brand through its high-end HTC One smartphone has so far failed to boost sales.
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