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June global chip equipment sales fall 28.3%, says report

Posted: 16 Aug 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor equipment 

Global sales of chip-making equipment in June were up 31 percent compared with the previous month, but fell 28.3 percent from a year earlier to $2.69 billion, according to a Reuters report that cited data from the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) as its source.

Some chip makers, including Intel Corp. and Toshiba Corp., have raised their capital expenditure report plans recently, the report said, but it also observed that those plans and a recovery in demand has not yet been reflected in sales.

"At around this time a year ago, high hopes for digital home electronics stirred up chip gear demand, making the latest number look bad," the report quoted an un-named SEAJ spokesman as saying.

Sales fell back the most in percentage terms in China, June sales were $98.5 million down 73.1 percent the report said.

In Japan, Taiwan, North America and Europe, June sales were $623.6 million, $523.3 million, $431.6 million, and $257.0 million, down 20.8 percent, 23.9 percent, 21.8 percent and 23.5 percent, respectively, the report said.

The South Korean market for chip making equipment held up relatively well in June with sales totaling $462.9 million, down 3.8 percent from the same month a year before, the report said.

The rest of the world bought $293.1 million worth of chip making equipment, down 43.6 percent, the report said.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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