Global semiconductor industry posts largest monthly sales increase in 3 years

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.0 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5 percent compared to the previous month’s total of $27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5 percent over the August 2015 total of $27.9 billion. August marked the market’s largest month-to-month growth since May 2013 and its first year-to-year growth since June 2015. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

“Following months of sluggish global semiconductor sales, the global market recently has shown signs of a rebound, punctuated by solid growth in August,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “The Americas market was particularly encouraging, topping 6 percent month-to-month growth for the first time in nearly three years to lead all regional markets. China also stood out, posting by far the strongest year-to-year growth of all regions in August. All told, global sales are still behind last year’s pace, but appear to be on the right track as 2017 draws closer.”

Month-to-month sales increased across all regions: the Americas (6.3 percent), Japan (4.8 percent), China (3.1 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (2.7 percent), and Europe (0.7 percent). Year-to-year sales increased in China (7.1 percent) and Japan (2.2 percent), but fell in Asia Pacific/All Other (-2.7 percent), the Americas (-3.1 percent), and Europe (-3.3 percent).

 

August 2016

Billions

Month-to-Month Sales                               

Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

5.10

5.43

6.3%

Europe

2.70

2.71

0.7%

Japan

2.60

2.73

4.8%

China

8.56

8.82

3.1%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.12

8.34

2.7%

Total

27.08

28.03

3.5%

Year-to-Year Sales                          

Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

5.60

5.43

-3.1%

Europe

2.81

2.71

-3.3%

Japan

2.67

2.73

2.2%

China

8.23

8.82

7.1%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.57

8.34

-2.7%

Total

27.88

28.03

0.5%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market

Mar/Apr/May

Jun/Jul/Aug

% Change

Americas

4.79

5.43

13.2%

Europe

2.63

2.71

3.3%

Japan

2.55

2.73

6.9%

China

8.09

8.82

9.0%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.00

8.34

4.2%

Total

26.07

28.03

7.5%

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