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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Housing trade in Taiwan's major cities -- Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei and Taoyuan -- fell a whopping 68 percent in January from the previous month, based on newly released transaction data.
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The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Tuesday, gaining NT$0.010 to close at the day's high of NT$33.680 as Taiwan's central bank entered the trading floor, helping the U.S. dollar recoup its earlier losses, dealers said.
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Shares in Taiwan trended lower Tuesday as investors locked in gains built in the previous few sessions, but the weighted index still closed above the 8,100-point mark amid ample liquidity, dealers said.
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The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said Tuesday that it expects air traffic to peak between Feb. 3-6 and Feb. 10-17, with a maximum passenger volume expected to top 140,000 per day.
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The Eslite Corp. said Tuesday that its Dunnan store will continue business as usual, amid reports that the bookstore will close because the building in which it is housed will be remodeled into a five-star hotel.
Taiwan ranks No. 14 in the U.S.-released 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, moving up 21 spots over the past eight years, the National Development Council (國發會) said.
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LINE has become the favorite app for Taiwanese smartphone owners among all the types of social media in use in the country, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.
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Taiwanese and Turkish passport holders will soon be able to obtain free e-visas to each other's country, which is expected to spur an increase in the annual number of Taiwanese visitors to Turkey, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
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World's most valuable firm: Alphabet before Apple
Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world's most valuable companies.
A Massachusetts graduate student who pointed out a glitch that allowed him to briefly "own" the world's most heavily trafficked website has been awarded more than US$12,000 from Google.
  
  
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