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Major brands report growth in sales during IT Month

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As crowd swarmed during the 2013 Information Technology Month exhibition over the weekend, major brands reported substantial increase in sales compared with a year ago.

Sunday marked the eighth day of the 2013 Information Technology Month, which is held at the Taipei World Trade Center. Taipei Computer Association (TCA) estimated up to 130,000 people visited the show yesterday, and 790,000 visited the show in the eight-day period, which is a 2-percent growth over the same period last year.

The TCA said that visits increased over the weekends, compared with weekdays, during which the working class are usually at the office. The 2013 IT Month is scheduled to draw to a close on Sunday, and the TCA estimates that more than 150,000 people will attend the show today. A total of 950,000 people are expected to visit the IT Month this year, the TCA said.

Up until Friday, Canon's sales went up 20-30 percent over the same period last year. The company's 70D digital camera was especially popular and is expected to drive sales in the last two days of the event. In addition, Nikon reported its sales tripled over the same period last year, while single lens camera D5300 led the way in sales.

In the field of laptops, MSI reported a two-fold increase in sales since the opening of the show, compared with last year. Lenovo reported a 30 percent increase in sales compared with last year.

Toshiba estimated that sales from the show are expected to match those achieved last year. Sony also made the same claim.

Acer expects sales to increase by 30 percent over those made in the 2012 IT Month, while Asus expects its sales in laptops to increase 20 percent.

Garmin said that sales of smart watches exceed its expectation, according to the TCA.

A professional baseball player from the Brother Elephants team showed up at Garmin booth. Many live shows were also performed at the World Trade Center, drawing large crowds. 3D printing was also showcased in the event, drawing a number of inquiries from the public.

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