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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

PANEL MAKERS

Innolux revenue falls 24.5%

Innolux Corp (群創), the nation’s largest LCD panel maker, yesterday posted a 24.5 percent decline in revenue for last month to NT$27.21 billion (US$864.17 million), compared with NT$36.05 billion in January. Innolux attributed the decline to seasonally slow demand and fewer working days. Shipments of PC and TV flat panels contracted 22.5 percent to 8.86 million units from 11.44 million units in January. Shipments of small and medium panels plunged 35.5 percent to 15.4 million units from 23.85 million units in January. On an annual basis, revenue grew 9.4 percent from NT$24.87 billion.

CHIPMAKERS

ASE revenue drops 18.7%

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE, 日月光半導體), the world’s biggest chip packager and tester, yesterday said revenue shrank 18.7 percent to NT$18.98 billion last month, from NT$23.36 billion in the prior month. On an annual basis, revenue grew 16.9 percent from NT$16.24 billion.

CHIPMAKERS

UMC sees revenue contract

United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電), the nation’s second-largest contract chipmaker, yesterday said revenue dropped 6.37 percent to NT$12.06 billion last month from NT$12.88 billion in January. That represented an annual growth of 16.58 percent from NT$10.34 billion. In the first two months of this year, revenue totaled NT$24.94 billion. Fubon Securities Co (富邦證券) expects UMC’s revenue to reach NT$38.35 billion this quarter.

PC MAKERS

Wistron sees annual growth

Contract notebook PC maker Wistron Corp (緯創) yesterday reported 26.09 percent annual growth to NT$44.9 billion for last month. Monthly revenue dropped 8.96 percent from NT$49.32 billion in the previous month, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. For the first two months of this year, revenue totaled NT$99.22 billion, up 26.23 percent from NT$74.64 billion the previous year. Compal Electronics Co (仁寶電腦) posted revenue of NT$54.61 billion for last month, down 20.54 percent from last year’s NT$49.51 billion. The figure plunged 20.54 percent from the previous month’s NT$68.73 billion. Revenue totaled NT$123.34 billion for the first two months of this year, up 19.77 percent from the previous year.

COMPONENTS

Lite-On revenue jumps 24%

Electronics component maker Lite-On Technology Corp (光寶科技) yesterday reported consolidated revenue of NT$14.38 billion for last month, a 24 percent jump from a year earlier. On a monthly basis, revenue declined 7 percent from the previous month, due to fewer working days because of the Lunar New Year holiday, the company said in a statement. Cumulative sales for January and last month totaled NT$33.36 billion, up 0.73 percent from NT$33.11 billion last year.

SMARTPHONES

HTC US market share wanes

HTC Corp’s (宏達電) share of the US smartphone market continued to fall in the three months ending in January, amid competition from Apple Inc and South Korean phone makers. The Taoyuan-based company remained the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the US with a 3.8 percent share between November last year and January, dropping 0.3 percentage points from August-October last year, according to a report published last week by market research firm comScore Inc.

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