$18.3 bln of chips sold in January 2005

Sales of computer chips slipped less than 1% in January 2005 compared to December 2004. The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that global chip sales fell to $18.3 bln in January 2005 from $18.4 bln in December 2004. Compared to sales of $15.6 bln in January 2004, the sales figure was up 17.5%.