The TAIEX fell yesterday for the fifth day in six. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (
AU Optronics Corp (友達光電) and Acer Inc rose after they said their sales surged in June.
Exports rose 24.5 percent in June from a year earlier to US$14.44 billion after surging 39.5 percent in May, the Ministry of Finance reported on Wednesday.
"The next question will be whether Taiwan's electronics companies can do well in the third quarter" said Maggie Chien, an asset manager at Capital Investment Management Co (群益投顧).
"Given that June export growth was weaker than expected, we expect technology companies to have only mild sales growth in the third quarter," she said.
The TAIEX fell 14.39, or 0.3 percent, to 5713.39 . About the same number of stocks rose as those that declined. Futures for July delivery shed 0.3 percent to 5,634.
Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦), the world's biggest notebook computer maker, fell 0.7 percent to NT$67. Hon Hai Precision, the country's largest electronics manufacturer by sales, fell 0.8 percent to NT$118.
AU Optronics, the world's third-largest maker of flat-panel displays used in computers and televisions, gained 0.2 percent to NT$47.90. Last month's sales more than doubled from a year ago to NT$15.9 billion. Sales were NT$16.6 billion in May.
Acer, the country's third-largest computer company by market value, rose 0.5 percent to NT$44 after it said sales last year rose 57 percent from a year ago to NT$9.9 billion.
BULK PURCHASE: The French chain and Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm International reached a deal covering 224 stores, which is expected to be finalized by year’s end Carrefour SA yesterday announced it would acquire Wellcome Taiwan Co (惠康百貨) for 97 million euros (US$108.33 million), and bring all the Wellcome supermarkets (頂好超市) and Jasons Market Place stores nationwide under its banner within 12 months of the deal closing. The France-based hypermarket chain reached an agreement with Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm International Holdings (牛奶國際控股), the pan-Asian retailer that launched Wellcome Taiwan in 1987. The transaction involves 199 Wellcome supermarkets, which have average sales areas of 420m2 and 25 high-end Jasons Market Place stores, which have an average sales area of 820m2, as well as a warehouse in Taoyuan, Carrefour Taiwan (家樂福)
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PLANNED OUT: The government is lifting sale and export restrictions on 60% of the 20 million masks made daily, but people can still make purchases using their NHI cards Twenty thousand boxes of 50 masks each would be on sale at FamilyMart convenience stores starting tomorrow, Taiwan FamilyMart Co Ltd (全家便利商店) said yesterday. A box of 50 masks would cost NT$249 for those with FamilyMart memberships and NT$299 for those without, with no limits placed on how many boxes a person can buy, the company said. Convenience store chain operator Hi-Life International Co Ltd (萊爾富) said that it would also start selling masks from tomorrow. It has yet to announce details about prices and quantity. Hypermarket chain operator Carrefour Taiwan (家樂福) said that it would start selling packs of five