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December 2003 Book-to-Bill.

The North American IMS/PCB Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for December 2003 remained positive at 1.11. The ratio is calculated by averaging the index numbers for orders booked over the past three months and dividing by the average index numbers for sales billed during the same period. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which indicates probable near-term growth.

Industry sales billed (shipments) in December 2003 increased 2.9% from December 2002, and orders booked increased 12.2% from December 2002.

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Compared to 2002, shipments of PCBs are down 16.8% year-to-date, while bookings of PCBs are down 6.0% year-to-date.
December 2004 Book-to-Bill

Dec. '02 0.96

Jan. '03 1.02

Feb. '03 1.03

Mar. '03 1.04

Apr. '03 0.97

May '03 1.00

June '03 1.02

July '03 1.04

Aug. '03 1.14

Sept. '03 1.15

Oct. '03 1.18

Nov. '03 1.13

Dec. '03 1.11

Note: Table made from bar graph.
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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