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TAIEX edges slightly lower

The TAIEX edged slightly lower in a quiet session yesterday as many investors stayed on the sidelines before global index provider MSCI releases the results of its index revisions today, dealers said.

Market sentiment also remained cautious amid lingering concerns over the world’s economic fundamentals after the GDP of the eurozone for the second quarter contracted 0.2 percent from a quarter earlier, they said.

In the high-tech sector, smartphone vendor HTC Corp (宏達電) fell 4.13 percent to close at NT$243.50 after the company said chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) did not buy any HTC shares last month, which only made investors more keen to lock in the stock’s 5.83 percent gain a day earlier. In June, Wang spent more than NT$1.8 billion to buy 5 million shares in the open market to support the share price.

The weighted index closed down 11.51 points, or 0.15 percent, at 7,467.74, after moving between 7,442.72 and 7,489.81, on turnover of NT$73.39 billion (US$2.45 billion).

Dimerco Express opens LA office

Dimerco Express Corp (中菲行), a Taipei-based global logistics and service provider, yesterday announced it would launch a customs brokerage service in Los Angeles to expand its business in the US.

Dimerco Customs Brokerage Services Co — the company’s subsidiary in Chicago — obtained the local customs broker permit from Los Angeles Customs on July 23, with the new office in Los Angeles, the company’s second branch in the US, starting operations on Wednesday next week.

“With the potential in providing logistic services across the US, combining the existing convenient air and sea-freight service, Dimerco can further develop its global business,” the company said in a press release.

Dimerco’s subsidiaries in Chicago and Los Angeles are to work closely with Dimerco Express (USA) Corp and its 15 global branch offices to provide logistics services to its clients worldwide, the release said.

Banks bid for lottery rights

Taishin International Bank (台新銀行) and Chinatrust Commercial Bank (中國信託商銀) yesterday submitted their applications to the Ministry of Finance to bid for the exclusive right to manage the issuance of Public Welfare Lottery tickets from January 2014.

Bidding for the 10-year issuance rights attracted only these two financial institutions.

The committee set up by the ministry would pick one of these two financial institutions by the end of October.

In 2005, Chinatrust outbid three rivals by offering NT$14.61 billion in cash rewards over a seven year period which would come to an end at the end of this year.

Hotai starts NT$8bn project

Hotai Motor Co (和泰汽車), a local agent of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp, has launched a three-year, NT$8 billion project to enhance its presence and services in Taiwan, the company said yesterday.

The company plans to remodel and upgrade all of its 136 outlets by 2015, including showrooms and service workshops, marking the largest investment in the company’s history, the company said.

The project is to include retail facilities and repair centers for both Toyota and Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand.

Hotai Motor has a 34 percent share of the local auto market and aims to raise its market share to 40 percent by 2015.

NT dollar inches down

The New Taiwan dollar lost ground against the US dollar yesterday, declining NT$0.037 to close at NT$30.002.

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