Japan June chip equipment orders down 9% from May

July 21, 2005 – Preliminary June orders, computed as a three-month moving average, represented a 9.0% decrease from May’s final figure of Y117.33 billion (US$1.04 billion), said the SEAJ, according to the Nikkei English News.

Orders for Japanese equipment have been falling from year-earlier levels since October, but they have held steady above the Y100 billion threshold. The trend seems to reflect solid demand for personal computers and other digital devices that consume lots of semiconductors, analysts say.

Worldwide sales of Japanese-made semiconductor production equipment, based on a three-month moving average, fell 26% on year in June to Y97.90 billion, SEAJ said. On month, sales slid 24% from the final May figure of Y128.44 billion.

SEAJ plans to release preliminary orders data for July on Aug. 18.


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