LONDON Ė May chip sales at leading foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. came off the booming levels seen in April but were still up 17.2 percent over 2012.
TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) reported consolidated net sales for May of NT$51.79 billion (about $1.73 billion), an increase of 3.4 percent from April 2013. The sequential increase was below the 10-year average of 5.6 percent for May sales compared with April at TSMC.
The company's revenues for the first five months of the year were NT$234.61 billion (about $7.85 billion), an increase of 23.3 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
On an analysts' conference call last month Morris Chang, chairman and CEO of TSMC, forecast that the semiconductor market would grow about 4 percent in 2013; that the fabless and foundry sectors would grow at 9 and 10 percent respectively and that TSMC would outperform the foundry sector.
May wafer sales at rival foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) were up 5.7 percent sequentially and at NT$10,863 million (about $360 million) and up 5.2 percent compared with May 2012. The year-to-date sales at UMC were NT$48,925 million (about $1.64 billion) up 4.2 percent compared with the same period in 2012.
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