Japan's beverage maker Calpis Co said yesterday it has signed a business tie-up agreement with Uni-President Enterprises Corp (統一企業) on chilled-drinks operations. \nUnder the accord, Calpis and Taiwan Calpis Co, a wholly owned unit of Calpis, will license Calpis brands and technologies to Uni-President, a food and beverages manufacturer. \nUni-President will manufacture chilled drinks for Calpis and sell them in Taiwan by utilizing its own sales network, Calpis said. \nA new lactic drink, which the two companies will jointly develop, will start selling in Taiwan this year. Calpis said it expects to sell ¥180 million (NT$51.84 million) for the first year. \nUni-President hs strength in technology, production and sales will help to better establish Calpis brands in Taiwan, Calpis said. \nTaiwan's chilled-drinks market has been growing rapidly with 15 percent gain per year. The market is expected to grow to ¥129 billion (NT$37.15 billion) this year, according to Calpis. \nMeanwhile, President Chain Store Corp (統一超商), the nation's biggest convenience store operator, said profit in the first half more than doubled to NT$2.06 billion from NT$983 million a year ago, boosted by stake sales and tax rebates, Chief financial officer Fred Chen (陳福唐) said. Sales, reported earlier, climbed 6 percent to NT$37.1 billion.
NOT ALL GOOD: Analysts warned that other data for last month might be less rosy due to the virus and analysts expect the PMI to contract again next month Chinese factory activity saw surprise growth last month as businesses went back to work following a lengthy shutdown, but analysts said that the economy faces a challenging recovery as external demand has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, while the World Bank said that growth could screech to a halt. China is slowly returning to life after months of tough restrictions aimed at containing the virus, which put millions of people into virtual house arrest and brought economic activity to a near standstill. The strict measures saw a closely watched gauge of manufacturing plunge to its lowest level on record in February,
The output of the global smartphone industry this year is to contract by 7.8 percent on an annual basis as the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a global recession, Taipei-based market researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said in a report on Monday. The global production of smartphones is expected to fall to 1.29 billion units, as the pandemic dampens demand for consumer electronics, leading to a decline in shipments across Europe and North America, TrendForce said. With consumers delaying smartphone purchases and thereby lengthening the device replacement cycle, overall prices would suffer a setback that is expected to negatively affect the profitability of smartphone
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