* May sales up 38 percent to record $1.04 billion
* May unconsolidated sales T$33.84 bln vs T$24.47 bln yr ago
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TAIPEI, June 10 TSMC (2330.TW), the world's
biggest contract chipmaker, posted record sales for a second
month in May, buoyed by strong demand for computers and
The figures, which follow a strong rise in sales in the same
month for rival United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) (2303.TW)
[ID:nTPV001634], underscore expectations that Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd will book record sales and
profit for 2010.
It has allocated record capital spending to boost capacity to
meet rising demand for new PCs and other consumer products that
require more powerful chips.
"TSMC's and UMC's facilities will continue to fully run as
demand remains brisk," said C.H. Hsu, who manages T$16 billion
($500 million) for Capital Securities Investment Trust, including
"A slowdown for the foundry industry could come in
September-October, as it moves into the traditionally slow
season," he said, adding that average run rates for global
foundries could come down to 80 percent in the fourth quarter.
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Unconsolidated sales at TSMC (TSM.N) were T$33.84 billion
last month, versus T$24.47 billion a year earlier, the company
said on Thursday. It did not give details.
For a full company statement, see
TSMC, which counts Texas Instruments TXN.N and Nvidia
(NVDA.O) among major clients, has given an upbeat forecast for
the second quarter after booking its biggest quarterly profit in
more than two years. [ID:nTOE63M02S]
On a consolidated basis, revenue for January through May 2010
totalled NT$160.82 billion, an increase of 84.4 percent
compared to the same period in 2009.
TSMC's results came as the Taipei stock market closed on
Thursday. The stock rose 1.37 percent while the main TAIEX share
index .TWII was up 1.56 percent.
(Reporting by Jonathan Standing and Faith Hung; Editing by
Jacqueline Wong and Chris Lewis)