July 25, 2014 / 3:23 AM / in 3 years

Taiwan's Acer shipments grew faster than industry average in second quarter: CEO

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s Acer Inc saw quarter-on-quarter shipments growth that exceeded the PC industry average in the April-June period, the company’s chief executive said.

An employee uses an Acer laptop at the company's booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The beleaguered computer maker, which eked out a net profit in the first quarter after three straight quarters of losses, has turned a corner and will remain “on track” in the third quarter, chief executive Jason Chen told reporters.

The comments were reported by Taiwanese media on Friday and confirmed to Reuters by a company representative.

Products such as the Chromebook, which has seen on-year sales more than double so far this year, Chen said, are the main drivers of the company’s optimistic outlook.

Acer will report its second-quarter earnings in the coming weeks.

Chip maker Intel Corp recently issued a sunny revenue forecast amid improving fortunes in PCs worldwide.

Acer shares were trading up 3.25 percent Friday, versus a fall of 0.61 percent in the main TAIEX index.

Reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Stephen Coates

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