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Chip Delivery Times Are on the Rise Again, Shortages to Continue

  • Lead times stretched six days in December, analyst says
  • Some chip suppliers are slowly reducing wait times for clients

Delivery times for chips rose in December, signaling persistent component shortages that have slammed growth for months in industries that span the economy.

The lead times -- a closely watched gap between when a semiconductor is ordered and when it is delivered -- increased by six days to about 25.8 weeks last month compared with November, according to research by Susquehanna Financial Group. That lag marks the longest wait time since the firm began tracking the data in 2017.