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Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill ratio in continued decline

20 June 2008 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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Book-to-BillAs expected, the SEMI book-to-bill ratio continued its decline in May, reporting a book-to-bill ration of 0.79, compared to a book-to-bill ratio of 0.82 in April, a final adjustment up from 0.81 originally reported. Equipment orders came in at $1.03 billion in May down from $1.09 billion in April, adjusted upwards from $1.07.

"Booking are approaching levels observed in 2005, which was the last time the semiconductor industry reported a year-over-year decline,” said Stanley T. Myers, President and CEO of SEMI. “The data does not indicate a change in this trend over the next quarter."

The three-month average of worldwide billings in May 2008 was $1.31 billion. The billings figure is about two percent less than the final April 2008 level of $1.34 billion, and about 21 percent less than the May 2007 billings level of $1.67 billion.

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