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STAMFORD, CT -- For the fourth quarter, worldwide mobile phone shipments dropped 4.6% from 2007 to 314.7 million units, according to Gartner Inc
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The PC industry should prepare itself for a very rough year, according to Gartner. The deepest unit decline in history is predicted, with shipments dropping 11.9% from last year to 257 million units. 
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TAIPEI -- Hon Hai (Foxconn) and IBM reportedly are set to sign a pact to codevelop environment-friendly products.

The Central News Agency is reporting China Parliament Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Environmental Protection Administration Minister Shen Shu-hung will be among those present at the official signing, which is scheduled for March 4.

No financial or other terms of the deal were announced.

IBM has ventured down the environmentally friendly path before. In 2007, it committed $1 billion to fund Project Big Green, an effort toward environment-friendly, energy-efficient products and services. This is its first known deal with Foxconn, however.

TEMPE, AZ -- The US manufacturing sector contracted in February for the 13th consecutive month, according to the latest survey of the nation's executives. The PMI index was 35.8%, 20 basis points than January. A reading below 50% indicates the sector is generally contracting.

The New Orders index was 33.1%, down 10 basis points from January. An index above 48.8%, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Census Bureau’s series on manufacturing orders.
In a press release, Institute for Supply Management spokesperson Norbert J. Ore said, “Manufacturing continues to decline at a rapid rate in February. While production has slowed its rate of decline, employment continues to fall precipitously. Prices continue to decline, but price advantages are not sufficient to overcome manufacturers’ apparent loss of demand. Survey respondents appear generally pessimistic about recovery in 2009. Some express hope that the stimulus package will help their industry.”

He added that the "past relationship between the PMI and the overall economy corresponds to a 1.7% decline in real GDP on an annual basis.”

Among the industries reporting contraction in February were Appliances & Components and Computer & Electronic Products.

SAN JOSE, CA – Worldwide semiconductor sales plunged 28.6% year-over-year in January as consumer confidence continued to erode, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported today. Sales fell 11.9% from December, the trade group said.

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BANNOCKBURN, IL – January PCB shipments fell 17% year-over-year, and bookings decreased 29.3%. The combined industry book-to-bill fell to 0.89, says IPC. For the month, rigid shipments dropped 18.9%, and bookings dipped 30.7% compared to the same month last year. The book-to-bill slipped further to 0.88. 
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