Semiconductor equipment bookings for U.S. based suppliers reached their highest levels in for 2009 in August, according to the latest Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. Bookings of US$599.0 million were recorded in preliminary data. Bookings in the same month a year ago were US$886.8 million, representing a 31% decline. August book-to-bill ratio was 1.03, down from 1.06 in July, 2009.
“Equipment bookings have increased for five months in a row as market conditions recover from the very low levels reported earlier this year," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “With semiconductor device sales and fab capacity utilization improving over recent months, we expect equipment spending to follow a similar trend during the recovery.”
The three-month average of worldwide billings in August 2009 was US$579.9 million. The billings figure is almost 8% greater than the final July 2009 level of US$538.0 million, and just over 45% less than the August 2008 billings level of US$1.06 billion.