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PC maker Lenovo reports loss amid weak demand

Lenovo Group, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, reported a $16 million quarterly loss Thursday and said it faces pressure from weak global demand and intense competition.

The loss for the three months ending June 30, equal to 18 cents per share, compared with a $110 million profit a year earlier. Sales fell 17.9 percent from a year earlier to $3.5 billion.

A Lenovo laptop computer is displayed during a news conference in Hong Kong May 21, 2009.

"Lenovo showed strong progress this last quarter but we still face numerous challenges," CEO Yang Yuanqing told reporters in a conference call.

Lenovo's global PC shipments rose 1.1 percent from a year earlier while industrywide shipments fell 3.3 percent, said chief financial officer Wong Wai Ming. But he said average prices fell by 20 percent due to competition.

Yang said Lenovo has been hurt by its reliance on sales to commercial customers, which have responded to the worst global economic downturn since the 1930s by cutting spending more sharply than consumers.

"We cannot say we have seen the bottom of the global downturn," Yang said. "The global economic crisis continues to significantly impact our core commercial customers."

Executive said Lenovo was making progress in a previously announced restructuring and was improving profitability. The company says the restructuring is expected to cut expenses by $300 million a year.

Lenovo's global market share rose 0.4 percentage points to 8.6 percent, its highest since the company's 2005 acquisition of IBM Corp.'s PC unit, Yang said.

Liu Chuanzhi, returned as chairman in a management reshuffle in February in which American CEO William J. Amelio departed after a three-year stint. Amelio was succeeded by Yang, Lenovo's former chairman.

Lenovo says its restructuring, announced earlier, should cut costs by $300 million a year.

 
 
 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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