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Gartner predicts the chip equipment market will decline 8.9% this year to $33B, as a recent...

Gartner predicts the chip equipment market will decline 8.9% this year to $33B, as a recent rebound in orders loses momentum. Moreover, while the market is expected to grow 7.4% next year, it will remain smaller than in 2011. Improving chip manufacturing yields are seen hurting demand, though Gartner expects higher capacity utilization to lead to a gradual pickup. Trade association SEMI's latest book-to-bill data indicates demand is starting to falter.
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