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SEMI posts 0.91 book-to-bill ratio for August '03

Posted: 22 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $721 million in orders in August 2003 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.91, reveals the August 2003 Express Report released by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

According to the SEMI report, the three-month average of worldwide bookings in August 2003 was $721 million - two percent above the revised July 2003 level of $707 million, and 29 percent below the $1.02 billion in orders posted in August 2002. Meanwhile, the three-month average of worldwide billings in August 2003 was $789.9 million, which is slightly above the revised July 2003 level of $785.9 million, and 21 percent below the August 2002 billings level of $995 million.

"Overall bookings and billings figures for North American-based semiconductor capital equipment providers have remained essentially flat over the past several months," said Dan Tracy Ph.D., director of Industry Research and Statistics for SEMI. "Indicators such as increasing utilization of IC manufacturing capacity and growth in semiconductor markets point to more favorable conditions for equipment makers. However, they have not yet translated into significant improvement in orders or sales."

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