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FRANKFURT, GERMANY -- Germany region printed circuit board manufacturers reported falling orders in September versus a year ago.

Sales at board fabricators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were down 0.6% from a year ago, and down 0.8% year-over-year, according to the ZVEI-Fachverband PCB and Electronic Systems trade group.

Orders declined 28% compared to August, and were down 14% year-over-year, ZVEI said.

Year to date orders were up 1.6% through September versus 2015.

The book-to-bill ratio fell 35 basis points to 0.82, its lowest level since October 2014.

The number of employees working at DACH region shops remained stable in September, up 0.2% from August and up 0.7% from last year.

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