Chip equipment sales fall

Monday, 11 March, 2002

Worldwide sales of semiconductor equipment fell to $56 billion in 2001, a 41% decline from the $95 billion reported in 2000, according to data released by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

Equipment suppliers were worst hit in the first quarter of 2001, when bookings fell 5% from the fourth quarter of 2000. Fourth quarter 2001 bookings decreased 67% from the same quarter the year before.

Every regional market declined in 2001, SEMI said, with Japanese billings declining 17%, North America's 37%, and Europe's 40%. Taiwan, the second-largest market in 2000 declined 65%.

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