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Taiwan's 10-year iPhone boom shows signs of ending

Big month of sales will not save Apple suppliers from peaking market and trade war

An Apple Store in Beijing takes in customers after this year's new iPhones went on sale. The headwinds against Apple's device are being felt across the supply chain.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's top tech companies scored their highest sales in over five years in October, Nikkei's monthly watch list has shown. But analysts say this could be the peak of a decade-long boom in iPhone sales, as a slowdown in orders signals a decline ahead, one that may last until 2020.

October revenues logged by 19 Taiwanese companies monitored by the Nikkei Asian Review, delivered a combined 13.6% jump in sales on the year, reaching 1.32 trillion New Taiwan dollars ($42.8 billion), the highest since Nikkei began tracking them in January 2013. The 19 companies serve as suppliers for smartphones, personal computers and servers -- the pillars of the world's electronics industry.

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