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Thursday, August 21, 2014
The dollar hit multimonth highs against the euro and yen in Asia Wednesday after a surge in U.S. housing construction boosted optimism over the state of the world's number one economy.
Oil prices were mixed in Asia Wednesday as investors await the release of U.S. Federal Reserve minutes from its July meeting, while keeping an eye on the latest stockpiles data.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS, 主計處) yesterday announced that Taiwan's manufacturing sector accumulated gross output of NT$3.67 trillion over the second quarter of this year, improving by 8.21 percent quarter-on-quarter, and 4.94 percent year-on-year.
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U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.
Taiwanese people tend to buy more insurance policies for other members of their families than for themselves, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.
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Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) has said it is ready to take on the challenge from Apple Inc.'s anticipated iPhone 6 in the Taiwanese market with the newest member of its popular Butterfly family that was launched Tuesday.
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) yesterday staged its second conference to gather opinions from the public on the ongoing real estate tax reform, with civic organizations loudly voicing their disapproval.
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Real estate developers will roll out new housing units onto the market in an amount totaling NT$303.5 billion this year, reaching a new record, according to a report released by housing magazine HouseFun (好房雜誌).
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Despite 14-percent growth in global shipments of touch modules in 2014, annual sales are expected to see their first decline, of 1 percent, in four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
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