July 27, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to reports, in June, the sales of Japanese chip manufacturing equipment manufacturers fell for the first time in five months, and it was the largest decline in three and a half years. The monthly sales hit a new low level in the past two years.

According to statistics released by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the sales of Japanese-made chip equipment in June 2023 were 259.222 billion yen, a decrease of 8.9% from the same period last year, which was the first year-on-year shrinkage in five months. It hit a new low since August 2021 (250.758 billion yen), and the decline was the largest in about three and a half years.

However, during the period from January to June 2023, Japan's chip manufacturing equipment sales of 1,835.8 billion yen still hit a record high for the same period, an annual increase of 1.2%.