LONDON United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest foundry, had January sales of NT$8,600 million (about $268 million), a decrease of 9.25 percent from the December 2009 sales figure of NT$9,292 million (about $290 million).
This was a much more marked sequential fall than that recorded by rival foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in its January sales. They fell sequentially by 4.3 percent. A sequential fall of a few percent is normal in the first month of the year.
On an annual basis UMC's January sales were nearly three times what they were in January 2009 and 173 percent ahead.