Fewer workers on furlough
The number of worker furlough applications companies have made to the government has dropped by 29 percent to 806 in the past two weeks, according to statistics released by the Council of Labor Affairs yesterday. As of Saturday, workers from 24 companies had reached an agreement with their employers on taking unpaid leave, with 781 employees currently on furlough, statistics showed. The numbers were lower than the May 31 figures, when 1,137 workers from 27 companies had agreed on furlough arrangements with their employers, with 813 employees granted furlough at the time. The latest figure is the lowest since Aug. 31 last year.
Brokerage forecast positive
The penetration rate of touch-enabled notebook computers is expected to increase significantly in the second half of this year, driven by lower-priced models and components, Morgan Stanley said. The brokerage forecast in a research note dated Thursday that the penetration rate will likely jump from 10 percent in the first half of this year to more than 25 percent in the second half. Market research firm International Data Corp (IDC) has forecast that touch notebook shipments will reach between 30 million and 36 million units this year, accounting for between 13 and 15 percent of total notebook shipments. The rate is likely to hit 29 to 30 percent next year because of a decline in the prices of touch panels, IDC said.