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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.
Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.
AU Optronics (友達) yesterday second quarter revenues of NT$102.042 billion, improving by 8.8 percent quarter-on-quarter, and after-tax net income of NT$4.024 billion, and earnings-per-share performance of NT$0.42, at the company's earnings conference yesterday.
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Semiconductor testing and assembly companies Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE, 日月光) and Siliconware Precision Industries Limited (SPIL, 矽品) yesterday hosted their respective earnings conferences, each expressing an upbeat outlook over the second half of this year.
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Four Taiwanese civilians were arrested by Australian Federal Police in Melbourne on July 29 for carrying 135 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth AU$130 million (US$122 million).
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The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said Tuesday that Ukraine may need more international aid if its crisis with the pro-Russia separatist rebellion is prolonged.
Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.
A research center has raised its 2014 growth forecast for the output value of Taiwan's manufacturing sector, citing a warming global economic climate.
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Taiwan's manufacturing sector will be dealt a severe blow when a free trade agreement (FTA) expected to be signed by China and South Korea later this year takes effect, a local research institute warned Wednesday.
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Industry should urge talents to join semiconductor industry: Nicky Lu
The Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) chairman Nicky Lu (盧超群) pointed out that Taiwan semiconductor industry started from scratch, and then moved on to excel as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), before finally climbing to the world's No. 2 spot in terms of output value.
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