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Staff writer, with Agencies

Bargain hunters boost TAIEX

Bargain-hunting emerged yesterday, pushing the local bourse higher at the end of the session and helping the broader market fend off rising concerns over the global economy after the US released disappointing data overnight, dealers said.

After recent corrections, select large cap electronics stocks, such as smartphone vendor HTC Corp (宏達電) and camera lens supplier Largan Precision Co (大立光), attracted buying that helped the index rebound from the day’s low, dealers said.

The weighted index closed up 41.42 points, or 0.54 percent, at 7,700.95 on turnover of NT$87.93 billion (US$3.0 billion).

China Steel stays in the black

China Steel Corp (中鋼), the nation’s biggest steel producer, yesterday posted a second straight monthly pre-tax profit.

The stell producer said pre-tax profits plunged 81 percent to NT$708 million last month from a year earlier, according to the company’s filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

The figure more than doubled from March’s NT$329 million in pre-tax profit.

Revenue shrank 7.69 percent year-on-year and 3.14 percent month-on-month to NT$19.46 billion last month.

Synnex sees revenue slide

Electronics retailer Synnex Corp (聯強國際) yesterday said its revenue slid 7 percent to NT$13.26 billion last month from NT$25.8 billion in the same period last year.

In the first four months, revenue fell 3.2 percent to NT$96.8 billion from NT$100 billion in the prior year.

Sales of PC-related products fell 12 percent to NT$15.08 billion year-on-year. PC-related products made up 55 percent of the company’s total revenue last month.

Honda hoping to boost sales

Honda Taiwan Co is hoping to boost its market share with the unveiling of its ninth-generation Honda Civic next month after regaining fourth spot in the market last month, a company executive said yesterday.

Akira Makino, who arrived in Taiwan last month to assume the post of Honda Taiwan chairman, said the company has already started taking orders for the new Honda Civic, which is scheduled to be unveiled on June 7.

At the beginning of last year, Honda was the fourth-largest brand in Taiwan, behind Toyota, Mitsubishi and Nissan.

It delivered 1,600 cars last month to regain its spot in the country’s automotive pecking order.

Female workforce static

The labor force participation rate of women in March remained at 50 percent for the ninth consecutive month, according to statistics published by the government on Thursday.

However, the participation rate of men was higher, standing at 66.7 percent, the figures from the Directorate-General of Budget Accounting and Statistics showed.

The total number of people in the labor force was 11.27 million people in March, with a labor force participation rate of 58.2 percent.

The female workforce constituted 4.75 million people in March, an increase of 2.1 percent from the same period last year.

The male workforce totaled 6.05 million, a slight increase of 1.3 percent compared with the same period last year.

NT dollar edges down

The New Taiwan dollar fell against the US dollar yesterday, down NT$0.014 to close at NT$29.280 after the central bank intervened by buying the greenback, dealers said

Turnover totaled US$554 million during the trading session.

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