A report from the influential Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has shown that the worldwide chip market is showing signs of a slight dip, mainly a knock-on effect of the Asian economic crisis.
According to the trade association, overall sales fell by five per cent in January, compared to December 1997, resulting in a worldwide turnover of $10.97 billion.
But in fact, this figure was the best for any January this decade, up by nearly three per cent on the same period last year, despite the Asian turmoil.
Europe, in particular, performed well, with sales rising by 10 per cent compared to the same month last year. Asia, however, showed a decline, as a result of the financial woes prevailing in most of the region.
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