General Semiconductor

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lowered its first-quarter earnings and revenue projections Monday, citing its customers' excess inventory.

For its first quarter ending March 31, General Semiconductor forecasts it will earn 12 cents to 14 cents a share, excluding one-time charges, down from its

Feb. 8 estimate of 18 cents to 20 cents a share. Three analysts surveyed by

First Call/Thomson Financial

expected General Semiconductor to earn 19 cents a share, down from 23 cents in the year-ago period.

General Semiconductor said it anticipates first-quarter revenue will fall 14% to 16% below the $119.9 million reported in the previous quarter. On Feb. 8, the company said it expected revenue to drop 6% to 9%.

Shares of General Semiconductor were down 9 cents, or 0.9%, to $9.56 in recent trading on the

New York Stock Exchange

.