Amadeusz Juskowiak

Us electronic sales flat in 1986

US electronic companies sales last year totalled 2265 billion dlrs slightly below the 2287 billion dlrs reported in 1985 the American Electronic Association said

Despite the decline the fourthquarter total of 611 billion dlrs matched the industry record for the same period of 1984 the AEA said

AEA senior vice president Ralph Thomson said that although the 1986 sales trend was mostly positive with an upturn at the end of the year the industry is waiting early 1987 figures before trying to forecast the future

Many of our companies including the semiconductor sector are still being impacted by the enormous and growing trade deficit with Japan he said

Fourthquarter orders totalled 60 billion dlrs for a 31 pct increase over the same quarter of 1985 December sales were 222 billion dlrs up 28 pct from the same month in 1985

The association represents more than 2800 firms that produce electronic goods and services