LONDON The global book-to-bill ratio for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment climbed to 0.44 in April, up from 0.30 recorded in March, according to a Dow Jones report which gave the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
The B-to-B ratio was up from 0.30 in March and 0.35 in February. These precipitous falls in the ratio had followed ratios of 0.55 in January and 0.70 in December 2008.
Orders for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment in April were down by 82.9 percent from a year earlier to 17.95 billion yen (about $190 million), according to the report which cited preliminary data released by the SEAJ.
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