Mountain View, Calif.--Dec. 18, 1997--The North American semiconductorequipment industry posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99 for November 1997,it was reported by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
This is the ninth-straight month orders and shipments have advanced.A book-to-bill of 0.99 means $99 in orders were received for each $100 worth of products shipped.
Three-month average shipments increased in November 1997 to $1.9 billion. The figure is nine percent above the October 1997 level and80 percent above the November 1996 level. Three-month average bookings increased in November 1997 to $1.9 billion. The bookings figure increased five percent above the October 1997 level and is 98 percentabove the November 1996 level.
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