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Acer swings into the red for the first time in its history, iPad to blame

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Acer swings into the red for the first time in its history, iPad to blame
Acer, the second-largest PC maker in the world, reported wider than expected loss in the second quarter of the year as its sales were cannibalized by the iPad, but Acer chairman JT Wang was quick to attribute this to a “correction period” for the company, which aims to shift its focus to mobile. The chairman also predicted that the iPad “fever” is only temporary and will eventually recede, bringing back customers’ attention to notebooks. Wang has previously also tried to cast dark clouds over the iPad projecting that it would only occupy 20% to 30% of the market last year, but Apple’s tablet is still dominating the segment.

Acer’s net loss amounted to $234.3 million (NT$6.79 billion) in the second trimester of the year. This is more than double the loss estimate by analysts, which expected the company to only lose NT$3.3 billion. The loss comes after the company had to clear up inventory in Europe and pay severance to its high-ranking executives.

Acer’s chief executive Gianfranco Lanci resigned in March over a conflict with top management about the future of the company, which is now boosting its mobile division. The current management argues that all Acer needs is “more time and effort” to reorganize. The company is currently offering the Acer A100 and Acer A500 on the US market, both running Android.

via Reuters

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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 09:14

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Damn w/e

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:06

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


want to run with the Bull... you will get the horns.... HP, Acer.... next?....

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:18 2

4. WhatevermanIsAFruitcake (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I'm sorry I couldnt understand what you were saying, please remove Apples c**k from your throat and say it again. Thanks

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:06

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow thats your best comeback... dude come back when you have something good to say...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:23 1

5. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


For real, werent you neutral at one point?

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:05

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


i was but you guys are bullies.. around here.. and i dont like bullies....

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:01 1

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple was the first one came out with the tablet pc. Even though Acer is 398$. You have to market your product if you want to sell. Even though I hate to admit the Ipad is the number one table around the world. To me I'll go with the XOOM or the Galaxy Tab II

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