HTC Corp., Taiwan’s largest mobile phone vendor, increased its workforce by almost half last year as handset sales helped the company weather an economic slump that’s forcing electronics makers to cut jobs worldwide.

HTC, maker of the first phone using Google Inc.’s Android software, increased its headcount 46 percent to 9,353 by the end of 2008, according to the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company’s annual financial report. Revenue climbed 29 percent while profit slipped 1.3 percent for the period.

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