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Chip making equipment sales fall in the US


Orders fall ten percent

of equipment used to make semiconductors saw orders fall 10 percent, according to a U.S. trade group.

Semiconductors Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) said that the book-to-bill ratio, which compares volume of orders to products shipped, reached a low 0.81 in September. This seems to indicate that chipmakers are not investing in new equipment and could suggest a future slow down in the industry.

SEMI says that sales were down by a quarter from last year.

Last modified on 19 October 2007
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