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Global Chip Shipments Estimate Bumped Up

World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Inc. said Tuesday global chip shipments are expected to rise 12.2 percent in 2010 and 9.3 percent in 2011.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Global shipments of semiconductors in 2009 will fall 11.5 percent from a year earlier to $220.1 billion, or around 20.82 trillion yen, instead of plummeting 21.6 percent as predicted in June, a nonprofit chip business data organization said Tuesday.

The estimated rate of decline was lowered due to brisk sales of personal computers and various economic stimulus measures implemented by China and other countries, according to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Inc.

Global chip shipments are expected to rise 12.2 percent in 2010 and 9.3 percent in 2011, WSTS added.

"Shipments should bounce back sharply in 2010 following the estimated fall in 2009," said WSTS Japan Council Chairman Hirotaka Kusama. An expected, full-blown recovery in PC sales to corporations should also assist growth, he said.

Shipments in Japan are expected to plunge 28.1 percent to 3.62 trillion yen this year because the Japanese market's recovery is lagging behind markets in other countries including China. The yen's appreciation will also take a toll on sales figure, according to WSTS.

The organization, however, is forecasting growth in Japan of 8.9 percent for 2010 and 8.1 percent for the following year.

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