A March pickup in orders from Asian markets helped spur Taiwan's exports to their highest total in a year and a half, lifting exports for the first quarter by 2.4% year-on-year, the Ministry of Finance reported. "However, the weakness in the U.S. and EU economies caused exports during the January-to-March period to miss the government's growth target" of 4.7%, said Yeh Maan-tzwu, director of the ministry's statistics department.

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