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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

EMPLOYMENT

Hiring intent falls: poll

Only 53 percent of businesses in Taiwan intend to hire new employees in the first quarter of next year, a lower percentage than for the same period over the past four years, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. The figure, down 12 percentage points from the current quarter, reflected growing reluctance among companies to recruit new people amid a sluggish economy. The survey, conducted by online broker 1111 Job Bank, also found that companies are most likely to hire new employees to fill vacancies left by former employees (38.4 percent) or as part of routine recruiting efforts (34.9 percent).

HEALTHCARE

lMedFirst plans more storesl

MedFirst Healthcare Services Inc (杏一醫療), the nation’s largest chain of healthcare stores with medical consultancy, yesterday said it plans to open 10 more stores in Taiwan next year after also opening 10 stores this year. The company has 200 stores in Taiwan and China, MedFirst Healthcare Services said. MedFirst president Jimmy Tsai (蔡德忠) said the company plans to raise NT$600 million to NT$1 billion (US$18.13 million to US$30.22 million) to build a logistics center in Taiwan next year in a bid to expand its operating scale.

BOOKSTORES

lEslite to open more outletsl

Eslite Group (誠品集團) plans to launch outlets in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China next year, the group’s subsidiary Eslite Spectrum Corp (誠品生活) general manager Lee Chieh-hsiu (李介修) told a media briefing yesterday. Eslite, which runs bookstores, galleries and department stores, opened 10 new or renovated outlets in Taiwan, one in Hong Kong and one in Suzhou, China, this year, Lee said. As part of the efforts to continue expanding the group’s reach in Asia, Lee said Eslite is to open three new outlets, one in Linkou District (林口), New Taipei City, in the Cityplaza mall on Hong Kong Island and one in Shanghai.

COMPUTERS

lReports no worry: Pegatronl

Pegatron Corp (和碩) chairman Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢) said yesterday that he is not concerned about the entry of Chinese contract notebook makers into the supply chain of Taiwanese PC vendors, as it is more important for Pegatron to continue to improve its competitiveness in the market. Tung’s remarks came after the Apple Daily newspaper reported that Chinese firm BYD Co Ltd (比亞迪) has entered the supply chain for making notebook products for Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc (華碩). Other than being one of the main assemblers for Apple Inc’s iPhones, Pegatron also manufactures notebooks for Asustek. Tung said the market tends to pay close attention to the entry of new firms into the industry, but it is more important for Pegatron to focus on its competitiveness rather than worrying about other firms.

ROBOTICS

lGreater demand predictedl

TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) yesterday said global growth in demand for industrial robots would continue accelerating on account of labor shortages in China and the loss of demographic dividends. TrendForce said in a statement that China has been energetically pushing forward with the transformation of its economy and sales of industrial robots have been growing swiftly in response to the rising demand for automation. TrendForce said it expects China’s industrial robot demand to reach 95,000 units next year, up 26.66 percent from this year’s estimate of 75,000 units.

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