Taipei, Sales generated by local computer software and information services providers in the first quarter of the year rose more than 2 percent from a year earlier on the back of growing demand for computer software and hardware integrated related services, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Friday.
During the January-March period, revenue registered by the sector totaled NT$84.5 billion, up 2.6 percent from a year earlier, data compiled by the MOEA showed.
The increase in sales also reflected growing demand for information security, the ministry said, though the first quarter growth was eclipsed by a 7.4 percent year-on-year increase in the fourth quarter of last year.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the first quarter figure was down 15.3 percent, with market analysts attributing the decline to slow season effects.
Of the NT$84.5 billion in sales, NT$62.9 billion was accounted for by computer program design, the highest ever first quarter level for the business, up 0.9 percent from a year earlier.
The remaining NT$21.6 billion in revenue was posted by information services suppliers, and rose 7.6 percent from a year earlier due to growing demand for website management as well as booming social media in the quarter, the MOEA said.
Revenue posted by professional technical services, including management consulting, advertising/marketing research, interior design and photography, totaled NT$72.4 billion, down 0.8 percent from a year earlier, in the wake of falling demand for advertising and interior design, including exhibition venue design, according to the ministry.
The MOEA said sales posted by the interior design business fell 3.7 percent from a year earlier to NT$17.7 billion, while revenue raked in by the advertising/marketing research sector also fell 0.1 percent from a year earlier to NT$34.9 billion at a time of falling demand for ads posted on the Internet, outdoor adverts and print media.
Meanwhile, sales posted by the leasing business, including machinery, household item and vehicle rental, was little changed in the first quarter from a year earlier at NT$33 billion, with vehicle rental, the largest part of the sector, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier to NT$21.3 billion due to rising demand during the Lunar New Year holiday in February, the MOEA said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel