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Yingli Expects First-Quarter Panel Shipments to Miss Forecast

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects first-quarter shipments to have slumped by at least 30 percent from the previous three months.

The result would be a bigger drop than an earlier forecast of a decline in the mid-20 percent range because of weak Chinese demand resulting from traditional seasonality and the delayed delivery of panels for projects in Algeria, the Baoding-based company said today in a website statement.

A recovery in Chinese demand for the rest of the year and robust orders in Japan and the U.S. prompted Yingli to reiterate its 2014 forecast of at least 4 gigawatts of solar-panel shipments.

The company raised its forecast for gross margin in the first quarter to at least 15.5 percent from 14 percent because of higher average selling prices, it said.

A group of companies led by a unit of Yingli in December won a contract to supply 233 megawatts of panels in Algeria.

Yingli said in a separate statement that it started construction of two solar farms totaling 25 megawatts at a cost of more than 200 million yuan ($32 million).

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