The upcoming 16th Taipei Computer Applications Show will whet consumers' appetites for 3C (computers, consumer electronics and communications) products during the second half of this year, despite the fewer number of exhibitors this year, organizers said yesterday.
"Buying sentiment in the first half was weak and people were conservative in their spending," said Cynthia Chen (
TCA and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (
Vendors have also become cautious, with the number of participating companies plunging this year.
There will be only 200 vendors occupying around 1,400 booths, down from last year's 250 vendors with 1,600 booths, according to TCA statistics.
Last year's show was held in conjunction with the first Summer Game Festival at Hall III to showcase the latest game titles, but sluggish prospects this year have led to the cancellation of this year's festival.
"Some game developers have not come up with new titles, and therefore decided to pull out of the show," Chen said, adding that most vendors also prefer to be located under one roof in Hall I where all consumers can congregate, instead of being located in two separate halls.
Microsoft is slated to push Xbox 360 game consoles and Sony plans to promote PlayStation Portable players at the show. But local game developers such as ChineseGamer International Corp (
However, market watchers said that vendors will still have reason to smile over the next few months.
"We expect that the second half will be better than the first half, fueled by back-to-school sales in summer and the Christmas shopping spree," said Chris Hung (
Vendors were overly optimistic about the business opportunities brought by the World Cup in the first half, which caused a pile-up of inventory that is still waiting to be digested in the third quarter, he said.
But local sales of handsets, for instance, still enjoyed growth of more than 10 percent in the first six months, he said, adding that computer sales are also expected to show momentum in the second half.
With chipmakers Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc recently slashing processor prices by up to 50 percent, this should serve as a stimulant to boost computer demand, according to Chen.
Attendants at the five-day Taipei Computer Applications Show have to pay a NT$200 (US$6.09) admission. NT$50 discount vouchers are available in major newspapers and magazines.