Yuan deposits hit new high
The central bank said yesterday that 71.2 billion yuan (US$11.6 billion) had been deposited in Taiwan as of the end of last month, up from the 66.29 billion yuan recorded at the end of May, again marking the highest level in history. The outstanding balance of yuan deposits totaled 40.83 billion yuan in the 60 domestic banking units in Taiwan as of the end of last month, while those in the 55 offshore banking units totaled 30.36 billion yuan, according to data provided by the central bank. The amount remitted by Taiwanese totaled 37.52 billion yuan last month, statistics showed. Taiwanese banks settled a total of 99 billion yuan last month through the Bank of China’s (中國銀行) branch in Taipei.
Notebooks to drop 8.7%
Global shipments of notebook computers will decline this year due to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, a local market research firm said. In a recent research note, WitsView forecast that only 169 million notebooks will be shipped worldwide this year, down 8.7 percent from last year. Squeezed by smartphones and tablets, notebooks are losing their market share, the research firm said. WitsView’s forecast was in line with that of Digitimes Research, which projected that global notebook shipments would decline more than 9 percent year-on-year to 177.23 million units this year.