GfK notes electronics growth
The consumer electronics market in Taiwan grew about 3 percent last year, driven largely by rising demand for smartphones and other mobile communications devices, a research report showed yesterday. Market information advisory firm GfK said domestic sales of computers, communications and consumer electronics totaled NT$213 billion (US$7.03 billion) last year. However, the growth last year was slower than the 5 percent annual increase in 2012, the advisory firm said. Sales of mobile communications devices grew almost 17 percent last year from a year earlier, accounting for a quarter of total sales, while those of the home appliance sector rose by an annual 8 percent, making up 26 percent of sales, GfK said.
Chunghwa launches 4 TVs
Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) launched four smart televisions on Monday intended to make media consumption easier with built-in set-top box features compatible with its multimedia-on-demand services. The firm debuted two Chimei-branded TVs made by Nexgen Mediatech Inc (新視代) and two AOC-branded models from TPV Technology Ltd (冠捷). The country’s largest telecommunications service provider expects to sell 5,000 of the Chimei models over the next three months, while the AOC TVs are expected to go on sale in late April at lower prices, the company said.