SAN FRANCISCO—Taiwanese semiconductor foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. said this week that December sales declined on a year-over-year basis.
TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) reported unconsolidated December sales of NT$30.57 billion (about $1 billion), down 13.2 percent from November 2011 and down 9.4 percent from December 2010. For the full year 2011, TSMC's unconsolidated sales totaled NT$427.08 billion (about $14.2 billion), up 2.8 percent from 2010, TSMC said.
On a consolidated basis, including subsidiaries and joint ventures, TSMC's December sales totaled about NT$ 31.24 (about $1 billion), down 12.9 percent from November 2011 and down 10.4 percent from December 2010, TSMC said.
According to a report by the Reuters news service, TSMC's December sales decline marked the eighth consecutive month of sales declines for the firm. TSMC's December sales total was the lowest for the foundry giant in 22 months, according to the report.
UMC (Hsinchu) reported December sales of NT$8.1 billion (about $269.8 million), up slightly from November but down 20.4 percent from December 2010.
UMC's December sales total was the firm's second lowest in any month in 2011, beating only November's. For the full year 2011, UMC's sales were about NT$105.9 (about $3.5 billion), down 12 percent from 2010, the company said.