Global semiconductor sales decrease in April; Annual sales projected to dip slightly in 2016

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion for the month of April 2016, a decrease of 1.0 percent from last month’s total of $26.1 billion and 6.2 percent lower than the April 2015 total of $27.6 billion. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, a new WSTS industry forecast projects decreased annual semiconductor sales in 2016, followed by slight market growth in 2017 and 2018.

“Global semiconductor sales decreased marginally in April, continuing a recent trend of market sluggishness driven by soft demand and a range of macroeconomic headwinds,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Despite a cumulative decrease across all product categories, year-to-year sales of microprocessors and analog products increased modestly, perhaps foreshadowing stronger sales ahead. The latest industry forecast suggests global sales may indeed rebound somewhat in the second half of 2016, but still fall short of last year’s total. The global market is projected to grow slightly in 2017 and 2018.”

Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in Japan (2.2 percent) and China (0.3 percent), but decreased in Asia Pacific/All Other (-8.2 percent), Europe (-8.6 percent), and the Americas (-14.8 percent). Compared with last month, sales were up slightly Japan(0.2 percent) and Asia Pacific/All Other (0.1 percent), but down in Europe (-0.8 percent), China (-1.8 percent), and the Americas (-2.2 percent).

Additionally, SIA today endorsed the WSTS Spring 2016 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects the industry’s worldwide sales will be $327.2 billion in 2016, a 2.4 percent decrease from the 2015 sales total. WSTS projects year-to-year decreases across all regional markets for 2016: Europe (-0.1 percent), Asia Pacific (-1.2 percent), Japan (-1.7 percent), and the Americas (-7.3 percent). On the positive side, WSTS predicts growth in 2016 for several semiconductor product categories, including discretes, analog, and MCU products.

Beyond 2016, the semiconductor market is expected to grow at a modest pace across all regions. WSTS forecasts 2.0 percent growth globally for 2017 ($333.7 billion in total sales) and 2.2 percent growth for 2018 ($340.9 billion). WSTS tabulates its semi-annual industry forecast by convening an extensive group of global semiconductor companies that provide accurate and timely indicators of semiconductor trends.

April 2016

Billions

Month-to-Month Sales                               

Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.89

4.78

-2.2%

Europe

2.66

2.64

-0.8%

Japan

2.59

2.60

0.2%

China

7.93

7.79

-1.8%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.02

8.03

0.1%

Total

26.09

25.84

-1.0%

Year-to-Year Sales                          

Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

5.61

4.78

-14.8%

Europe

2.89

2.64

-8.6%

Japan

2.54

2.60

2.2%

China

7.77

7.79

0.3%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.74

8.03

-8.2%

Total

27.56

25.84

-6.2%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market

Nov/Dec/Jan

Feb/Mar/Apr

% Change

Americas

5.41

4.78

-11.7%

Europe

2.70

2.64

-2.4%

Japan

2.49

2.60

4.3%

China

8.42

7.79

-7.4%

Asia Pacific/All Other

7.87

8.03

2.0%

Total

26.89

25.84

-3.9%

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