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Asus topples Apple as top tablet shipper in Japan

The Nexus 7 helped propel Asus to the top.

TOKYO -- Taiwan's Asus sold more tablets in Japan than Apple in the January-June period, its first time in the top spot for the half, according to figures released Thursday by market research company BCN.

     Asus' market share for tablets rose 8 percentage points from the year-ago period to 38.9%, edging past Apple's 36.4% share, based on BCN's survey of sales figures for 117 leading digital electronic products at 22 mass merchandisers.

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