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Sales slow for iPhone & Toyota, baht weakens a bit reacting to US central bank policy. 


iPhone sales slowing 

The number of new smartphones from top manufacturers this year has been astonishing, including the new BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, and updated Samsung Galaxy S4.

Worldwide, the mobile phone market is shifting towards smartphones. Competition has become ferocious and  Apple is lagging.

First-quarter iPhone shipments of 37.4 million fell below expectations.

The next iPhone model not expected until the second half of the year.

The full-year 2013 sales volume of the iPhone may be essentially flat at around 150 million units, compared to 134 million units in 2012.

Recent surveys have shown Google's Android operating system is used on around three-fourths of new smartphones. Apple's iOS accounts for around one-fifth of the worldwide market.

Toyota's sales in Thailand dropping back to normal

Toyota has revised down its domestic sales forecast by 10% to only 450,000 vehicles this year on easing demand.

Toyota has seen lighter sales since May, when car makers had delivered most of their cars to customers under the government's first-time car buyer scheme, which expired last year.

Yesterday, Toyota reported first-half sales dropped by 1.6% year-on-year to 237,318 cars.

The domestic market should return to normal.

Toyota earlier had hoped to increase total vehicle sales to 900,000 this year - 500,000 for the domestic market and 400,000 for export.

Last year, the company sold 516,086 vehicles in the domestic market, up by 78% from 2011.

Baht rises as Bernanke eases concern

Thailand's baht advanced after US Federal Reserve chairman Ben S Bernanke allayed concern that the United States plans to curb stimulus that has fueled demand for emerging-market assets. Bonds were little changed.

Bernanke said that the Fed's asset purchases "are by no means on a preset course" and could even be expanded should economic conditions warrant.

The baht touched a two-week high after exchange data showed foreign investors bought more Thai equities than they sold on each of the last six days.

The currency appreciated 0.4%, the most since July 11, to 30.97 per dollar as of 8.31am in Bangkok. The baht has retreated 7.8% from an April level of 28.56 that was the strongest since 1997.


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Vocabulary:

advance: increase, rise, for example: the baht advanced -

allay: to make some feel less of something, like worry, fear or doubt - ขจัดความสงสัย ขจัดความกังวล

appreciate: when the value of a country's currency or money becomes more valuable making the country's exports more expensive and less competitive in world markets -

asset: something owned by a person, company etc., particularly money and property - ทรัพย์สิน

astonishing: very surprising; difficult to believe - น่าแปลกใจ, น่าประหลาดใจ

bond: a way that companies and the government borrow money from many people each of which owns one or more "bonds" which are usually traded on securities exchanges - พันธบัตร

by no means: is not true -

competition: a situation in which people or organizations compete, i.e., try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you - การแข่งขัน

concern: something that worries you - ความกังวล

course: the direction, route or path that a boat, ship, storm, etc. travels - เส้นทาง, แนวทาง, วิถีทาง

curb: to control or limit something that is harmful - จำกัดขอบเขต

currency: the system of money that a country uses - เงินตรา

demand: the need and desire of people to buy goods - อุปสงค์

domestic: inside the country being talked about - ภายในประเทศ

ease: decrease, fall -

emerging market: countries that have fast economic growth and growing rich quickly but are still developing - กลุ่มตลาดเกิดใหม่

essentially: for the most part - ที่สำคัญที่สุด

expectations: the belief that something will happen - สิ่งที่คาด คิดว่าจะเกิดขึ้นในอนาคต

expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ

export: the selling and transporting of goods to another country - สินค้าออก, การส่งสินค้าออกไปต่างประเทศ

Federal Reserve: the US central bank, also called the "Fed" -

ferocious: very strong; very aggressive or violent - รุนแรง

flat: having a level surface, not curved or sloping - ราบ (พื้นดิน), ราบเรียบ

forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์

fuel: to make something increase or become worse - ทำให้รุนแรงขึ้น

galaxy: any of the large systems of stars, etc. in outer space - กลุ่มดาวกาแล็กซี, ดาราจักร

lag: to move or develop slowly or more slowly than others; to fall behind - ล้าหลัง, พัฒนาอย่างเชื่องช้า

manufacturer: a person or company that manufactures a product - ผู้ผลิต

model: a version of a product sold during a certain period of time, a generation of technology or the product - รุ่น

normal: typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

operating system: a set of programs that controls the way a computer works and runs other programs - ระบบปฏิบัติการซึ่งควบคุมการทำงานของคอมพิวเตอร์

preset: something was fixed, set or decided before an activity began -

quarter: three months of the year on the official calendar of the government or companies -

recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

report: to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน

retreat: to move back or away - ถอยกลับ

revise: to change, improve, or make additions to something - แก้ไข

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

shift: to change - เปลี่ยน

shipment: a load of goods that are sent from one place to another - ปริมาณสินค้าที่ขนส่งในครั้งหนึ่ง ๆ

stimulus: a set of programmes, especially government spending programmes, designed to start an economy growing again - แผนกระตุ้นหรือฟื้นฟูเศรษฐกิจ

survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ

updated: when something old is changed to make it newer, such as adding new features -

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

volume: an amount of something - ปริมาณ

warrant: to be/make necessary or appropriate in a particular situation - มีเหตุผลอันสมควร

worldwide: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

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