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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer

BANKING

Yuan activity on the rise

Yuan deposits at Taiwanese banks rose 0.48 percent last month to 318.23 billion yuan (US$48.35 billion), after falling for five consecutive months as local investors increased holdings, the latest data released by the central bank showed yesterday. Yuan deposits edged up 0.04 percent to 271.28 billion yuan at domestic banking units and grew 3.12 percent to 46.95 billion yuan at offshore banking units, the data showed. Remittances hit 345.15 billion yuan last month, up 64.19 percent from 210.22 billion yuan in November, as yuan activity tends to be stronger at the end of the year, the central bank said.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Canadian double tax cut

Taiwan and Canada have signed an agreement to prevent the taxation of the same income twice in the two nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The signing was completed earlier in the day and is likely to take effect on Jan. 1 next year, after the two sides complete the necessary domestic procedures, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry hoped the agreement would help create a friendlier environment for bilateral investment, especially considering the potential for further cooperation in the technology, healthcare, clean energy, sustainable development and services sectors. Canada is Taiwan’s 24th-largest trade partner and 17th-largest export market, while Taiwan is Canada’s 12th-largest trade partner, the ministry said.

BANKING

King’s Town buy-back ends

King’s Town Bank (京城銀行) yesterday said it had completed its latest round of a share buyback scheme, as the Tainan-based medium-sized bank repurchased 12 million common shares on the open market at NT$22.87 per share on average since Dec. 1 last year. The lender’s shares closed down 2.18 percent at NT$20.2 yesterday in Taipei trading. King’s Town Bank reported net profit of NT$3.68 billion for last year, with earnings per share of NT$3.09.

AUTOMAKERS

Flat yearly growth forecast

Teco Electric and Machinery Co (東元電機), the nation’s largest maker of industrial motors, yesterday said the economy might show “flat growth” this year. “We are not too pessimistic about the economy this year, but we cannot be optimistic either,” Teco chairman Theodore Huang (黃茂雄) told reporters ahead a product launch in Taipei, citing the impacts of an economic recovery in the US, a slowdown in China and uncertainty for Europe. Huang did not provide his economic growth forecast this year. Nomura Holdings Inc this week cut its forecast for Taiwan’s GDP growth to 1.5 percent this year, from its previous estimate of 2.4 percent, leaving Taiwan with one of the region’s weakest growth rates.

OBITUARY

Humble House founder dies

My Humble House Group (寒舍集團) founder Tsai Chen-yang (蔡辰洋), 66, died of a heart attack early yesterday, his family said. The son of Tsai Wan-tsun (蔡萬春), the late founder of the family business group, Tsai Chen-yang founded My Humble House Hospitality Management Consulting Co (寒舍餐旅管理顧問) that operates Le Meridien Taipei, Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel, Humble House Taipei and A ROY DEE by Sukhothai and Raku Kitchen restaurants. Tsai Chen-yang was a member of the second generation of one of the nation’s wealthiest families, which run several businesses, including Cathay Financial Group (國泰集團).

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