Taiwan January exports rocket to record high, outlook rosy

CountryMiddle east

TAIPEI - Taiwan's exports rose in January for the seventh consecutive month, with the unexpectedly strong pace setting a new record as its manufacturers benefited from consumers staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and new technologies such as 5G.Exports jumped 36.8% from a year earlier to $34.27 billion in January, the highest monthly figure on record, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday, though it was helped by a low base with the week-long Lunar New Year holiday falling in January last year.Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast a rise of 15% for last month, compared with a 12% jump in December. The ministry attributed the growth to demand for chips to help power the "zero touch economy" exceeding expectations, as millions of people are forced to work and study remotely on laptops, tablets and other technology.Apple Inc, for which firms such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd are major suppliers, launched its next-generation iPhone 12 with faster 5G...read more...