Apple intends opening three own-brand retail outlets in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Daily News reports Apple (and Dell) have "announced new sales strategies to develop their businesses in Taiwan".

The story reveals: "Apple recently announced that it would set up a flagship store and two franchised shops in downtown Taipei to boost sales of its series new consumer electronic products." It adds too that Apple Taiwan is arranging a deal with local 7-11 stores to sell silver iPod minis across the island.

Taiwan is becoming increasingly vital to the IT industry, both as a market for sales and a manufacturing base.

The Taiwan Economic Daily News reports that a massive 91.7 per cent of Taiwan's total production of IT hardware was bought by international procurement offices based on the island. These represent companies like HP, Dell, and Apple. US-based enterprises account for roughly 71 per cent of all such procurement.

The same news source also reports Apple (and Dell) have "announced new sales strategies to develop their businesses in Taiwan".