Mr. Shigenao Ishiguro
Data Storage & Thin Film Technology Components Business Group
These are the forecasts for the HDD market in FY 2013. As of July-end, we had made a revision from the previous forecast of sales of 700 million units down to 660 million units, but due to economic conditions, HDD sales, and changes in the IT situation, we revised downward to a forecast of sales of 575 million units. HDD head shipment index for 2Q was 55.8 billion yen, a decline of 6.8% from the previous quarter and recording device sales for 2Q was 98 billion yen, a decline of 9%. In 3Q, we project recording device sales to increase slightly to 102 billion yen and the HDD head shipment index to stay level at 55.9 billion yen.