Acer says fourth quarter revenue to fall

Acer said its fourth quarter revenue will fall, after previously being very bullish about the quarter.

Acer, the world's third largest PC vendor, said its revenue will drop in the fourth quarter, after previously forecasting a strong holiday season.

The company now expects fourth quarter revenue to drop 5 percent to 10 percent compared to the same time a year ago, while its operating margin meets or slightly exceeds the third quarter of 2008, it said in a statement.

But Acer also said that demand for its products remained "healthy and stable," an indication the company had to drastically reduce prices to maintain shipments amid the global economic downturn.

The fourth quarter, which runs from October through the end of December and includes the Western holiday season, is the strongest selling time of the year for many companies.

Just a few months ago, Acer executives had predicted a stellar fourth quarter, including 20 percent to 25 percent quarter-on-quarter growth in shipments of netbooks and laptop PCs. At the time, executives said they had not seen a slowdown in business aside from some emerging markets such as Brazil and Russia.

The reduction in Acer's view of the fourth quarter comes just after similar downgrades by rivals Lenovo and Asustek Computer, as well as chip giant Intel, which supplies the PC industry with microprocessors and other components.

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