Yuan deposits hit US$16.2bn
A total of 98.66 billion Chinese yuan (US$16.2 billion) was deposited in the nation’s domestic banking units (DBUs) and overseas banking units (OBUs) as of the end of last month, the central bank said yesterday. The figure compares with 85.14 billion yuan recorded at the end of August, the bank said. Total yuan deposits in the nation had reached the 100 billion mark earlier this month, the central bank said. The outstanding balance of deposits totaled 66.28 billion yuan in the 62 DBUs as of the end of last month, from 54.45 billion yuan recorded the previous month, while those in the 55 OBUs totaled 32.38 billion yuan, data released by the central bank showed.
Apple pre-sale goes well
The limited number of gold iPhone 5S devices put up for pre-sale by Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) sold out in half an hour, the company said yesterday. The nation’s largest telecommunication service provider began to accept pre-orders for Apple Inc’s new generation of iPhones on Monday morning, but it did not reveal how many units were available for sale. The iPhone 5S comes in three colors (gold, silver and space gray) and three storage sizes (16GB, 32GB and 64GB). All nine iPhone 5S models up for pre-sale sold out within an hour, Chunghwa Telecom said. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will hit local stores on Friday next week.