Government announces first quarter GDP growth of 3.04 percent (2014/04/30)

The government’s official statistics agency announced today that first quarter GDP growth was 3.04 percent when compared with the same period last year. It is the first time since quarter one of 2013 that growth has exceeded 3 percent. 

This slice of bread is toasted then apple jam is added and a piece of ham. It’s a local invention perfectly suited to afternoon tea and appeals to many local women.

“Originally, I would go and eat at tea time with my friends once a month, but now we meet two or three times a month.”

Two major women’s undergarment retailers came together to host this special sale, attracting lots of consumers looking for bargains.

The government’s official statistics agency announced first quarter GDP growth was 3.04 percent. This is slightly higher than the rate predicted in February, a boost the agency attributes to domestic demand exceeding expectations. One reason was a rebound in corporate profits that led to higher year-end performance bonuses. But as Professor Kenneth Lin points out, this benefit only comes once a year.

Kenneth Lin 
National Taiwan University
Year-end bonuses aren’t given each day. They only occur in the first quarter, so I still believe salary increases are more important. 

To keep growth above 3 percent for the year, Lin says exports will also have to strengthen.

內需看GDP

行政院主計處今天公佈第一季經濟成長率與去年同季相比為3.04%,是2013年第1季以來,單季GDP首度見「3字頭」。主因來自內需市場?溫。

烤到酥脆的吐司,抹上蘋果醬,還搭配火腿,創意十足的下午茶,深獲女生喜愛。

[[民眾]]
“原本下午茶可能,一個月跟姊妹吃一次,現在一個月可能來吃個兩三次”

兩大女性內衣廠商,聯合舉辦特賣會,吸引好多民眾來搶購。

主計總處公佈第一季經濟成長率與去年同季相比為3.04%,比2月的預測值增加0.02個百分點,主要是因為內需市場比預期的增加的0.1個百分點。內需市場表現亮眼,主計處將其中一個原因歸功於企業獲利回升,增加發放年終及績效獎金。

[[台大經濟系教授 林向愷]]
“不會天天年終,年終只有第一季,還是要靠加薪”

學者提醒,全年GDP想要保3,除了出口要更加把勁,內需市場也得延續,不然好成績只是曇花一現。

 

本文引用自: 民視新聞網 http://englishnews.ftv.com.tw/
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