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November chip sales beat forecast

Posted: 04 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Monthly chip sales are expected to improve to a three-month average of $20.4 billion in November, up from $20.05 billion in October, according to Handelsbanken Capital Markets.

The figure beat the investment banking firm's forecast, which was originally slated for $20.17 billion in November. Actual world chip sales rose 7.3 percent year-over-year in November, above the investment banking firm's expectations of 3.6 percent growth.

PC shipments rebounded sharply as expected after a chip set shortage hurt shipments in October. Sales of consumer electronics chips were stronger than expected, with NAND memory soaring 103 percent year-over-year on the iPod boom, according to the firm.

Some handset chips hit record high levels. But price pressure on digital signal processors (DSPs) and regional data indicate that growth is being driven by developing countries rather than the seasonal upswing for Christmas in Europe and the United States, said Bruce Diesen, strategist with Handelsbanken.

Chip shipments to the Americas were stronger than expected, as more consumer electronics chips, especially logic and flash memory, were shipped to the United States, he said.

The firm is maintaining its overall chip sales growth forecast at 7 percent in 2005 and 8 percent in 2006.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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