CEPD eyes budget increase
The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) plans to increase its budget for public construction projects by NT$36 billion (US$1.21 billion) to NT$196 billion for next year, the council said yesterday. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics (DGBAS) has approved NT$190 billion in spending for public construction projects this year, the highest in 10 years, with NT$160 billion set aside for next year. CEPD Deputy Minister Hwang Wang-hsiang (黃萬翔) said the council would send its proposal to the Cabinet for further consideration soon.
Desktop sales down
Global retail sales of desktop, notebook and tablet computers totaled US$97.2 billion last year, up 8.7 percent from the previous year, a market research firm said yesterday. Sales of desktop PCs have contracted over the past five quarters, while mobile device sales have been on the rise, according to the local branch of market research firm GfK Group.
Makalot revenue rises
Apparel maker Makalot Industrial Co (聚陽) yesterday reported revenue of NT$1.27 billion for last month, up 26.18 percent from a year ago, but down 6.01 percent from the previous month. The company said sales for this quarter would be lower than last quarter, but would grow by a double digit percentage from a year ago.