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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

RETAIL

Starbucks eyes drip coffee

President Starbucks Coffee Corp (統一星巴克) yesterday said it would introduce a new store style by launching four coffee shops in Taiwan this year to sell drip coffee products, including a new outlet in Hsinchu. Overall, the company plans to expand its total outlets in the nation from 286 to 300 by the end of this year, President Starbucks president John Hsu (徐光宇) said.

SEMICONDUCTORS

DRAM growth forecast

The global output of DRAM chips is expected to grow 31 percent to US$34.6 billion this year from last year, thanks to recent consolidation in this sector and rising demand for mobile memory, TrendForce Corp said yesterday. DRAM prices have moved sharply higher in recent months, it said. The average contract price of the benchmark DDR3 4Gb DRAM chip in the first half of this month rose more than 8 percent from the second half of last month to US$25.5 and it could hit US$30 in the near future, TrendForce said.

MANUFACTURING

Chunghwa Picture improves

Flat-panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd (中華映管) said on Wednesday its losses improved 25 percent to NT$489 million (US$16.36 million) last month from a month ago, bringing the company’s first-quarter loss to NT$2 billion, according to a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The company reported losses of NT$1.72 billion in the final quarter of last year.

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