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Business still bad, according to SEMI April book-to-bill

Posted: 20 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has reported an April book-to-bill ratio of 0.86 for North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment.

The vendors posted $737.2 million in orders in March 2003, on a three-month average basis, according to SEMI's April 2003 Express Report.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in April 2003 was $737 million, 5 percent below the revised March 2003 level of $777 million, and 26 percent below the $996 million in orders posted in April 2002.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in April 2003 was $854 million. The billings figure was nominally below the revised March 2003 level of $857 million and 5 percent above the April 2002 billings level of $815 million.

"Despite hopeful indications in last months figures, orders for new semiconductor manufacturing equipment remain at relatively low levels," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The April data reflects continuing uncertainty in the broader markets in regards to recovery in consumer and commercial spending."

- David Lammers

EE Times

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