Lenovo, the world’s No. 2 PC maker, has stopped selling “netbooks” through its website.

Corporate spokesperson Ray Gorman told IDG News on Friday that the lower-cost alternatives to laptops are being replaced by tablets.

Netbook inventory offered previously on the site is sold out and won’t be replaced “in the near future,” Gorman said.

IDG noted that Gorman did not say if Lenovo was stopping retail sales of netbooks.

Across the PC industry, companies are cutting back on netbooks due to the increasing popularity of tablets such as Apple’s iPads.

“We are having solid success with our IdeaPad Tablet K1 and IdeaPad Tablet A1, and are generating good traffic on our website for those,” Gorman told IDG.

Lenovo’s shipments of netbooks fell 43 percent in the last quarter, an IDC analyst told IDC.

Lenovo unveiled a series of new machines at the recent Consumer Electronics Show and is ramping up its own tablet offerings to confront Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), which is enjoying strong success with iPad sales in Lenovo’s home market of China.

Read the full IDG story here.

Lenovo operates its administrative headquarters in Morrisville.

The company could surpass HP (NYSE: HPQ) as the world’s No. 1 PC manufacturer this year.

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