Lenovo mobile sales drive profit growth (Update)

Aug 15, 2013 by Joe Mcdonald
A man tries out a smartphone device on display at a Lenovo flagship experience store in Beijing, China Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers.

Sales of wireless devices rose 105 percent in the three months ended June 30, driving a 23 percent rise in profit to $174 million, Lenovo announced Thursday. Total revenue rose 10 percent to $8.8 billion.

Lenovo was declared the No. 1 personal computer maker in the latest quarter by research firms Gartner and IDC. But that came as global PC shipments fell for a fifth straight quarter, highlighting the rapid consumer shift to mobile.

"We actually sold more smartphones and tablets than PCs in this quarter for the first time ever," said CFO Wong Wai Ming in a conference call with reporters.

PC shipments were flat and their share of total revenue fell to 28 percent. Laptop sales, which account for 52 percent of revenue, rose 4.7 percent. Mobile devices supplied 14 percent of revenue.

"We are impressed by Lenovo's strong execution," said Barclay's analysts in a report. "It is the only Asia PC company that is able to deliver market expectation results, facing strong headwinds from concerns about global PC and smartphone demand, as well as a slowdown of China's economy."

People walk past a Lenovo flagship experience store in Beijing, China Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Lenovo, with headquarters in Beijing and in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, broke into the wireless market with the 2010 launch of its first smartphone.

It has since released more phones and Web-linked tablets to compete with Apple Inc., South Korea's Samsung Electronics Corp. and Taiwan's HTC Corp.

An update of its Thinkpad laptop released last year was designed to appeal to tablet users with features that mimic the quick startup and response times of mobile devices.

Other traditional technology leaders are also scrambling to shift emphasis to mobile products and to diversify into services as well as hardware.

Sales in China rose 5.6 percent to $3.7 billion, providing 42 percent of revenue. In the United States and the rest of the Americas, sales grew 29 percent to $1.9 billion.

Worldwide PC shipments declined 11 percent in the April-June period, according to Gartner and IDC.

In smartphones, Lenovo said it became the world's fourth-largest vendor during the quarter. Global sales rose 132 percent.

This year's sales target is 50 million smartphones and 10 million tablets, said chairman Yang Yuanqing. He said Lenovo is "very confident" it can meet that after the latest quarter.

"We are transforming our company into a 'PC Plus company' at full speed," said Yang on the conference call.

Explore further: HP sales inch up while profit drops

More information: Lenovo Group: www.lenovo.com

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Gartner, IDC: 2Q PC shipments fell 11 percent

Jul 10, 2013

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 11 percent in the April-June period, according to data from research firms Gartner and IDC, as people continued to migrate to tablets and other mobile devices.

Recommended for you

HP sales inch up while profit drops

7 hours ago

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue was nudged up by improved computer sales, but its profit dropped as the veteran technology firm tried to renew its momentum.

Restaurants experimenting with pay-in-advance tickets

10 hours ago

With restaurant patrons increasingly jumping on the Internet to make reservations, some high-end eateries here and across the country are adding a new tech wrinkle: having their clientele pay for their meal in advance using ...

Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B (Update)

12 hours ago

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars ...

User comments : 0