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Americas, Europe, Japan in decline, SIA stats show

Posted: 06 Oct 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sia  semiconductor  semiconductor industry association  semiconductor sales 

For the second month running actual semiconductor sales in the Americas, Europe and Japan have declined year-on-year, despite the fact that the global market is growing. And while the rest of the world is in decline the Asia-Pacific region is enjoying boom-like growth, according to statistics kept by the Semiconductor Industry Association.

In August, the Americas region fell back 2.1 percent to $3.33 billion compared with the same month a year before. On the same basis Europe declined 4.5 percent to $2.97 billion and Japanese sales collapsed by 6.6 percent to $3.53 billion, the statistics showed. At the same time Asia-Pacific region, which includes China, South Korea and Taiwan, enjoyed 20.4 percent growth compared with August 2004.

This regional activity was the backdrop to modest global growth of 6.0 percent in August.

But August has followed the same pattern as July for which the SIA's tally showed that actual semiconductor sales in all the geographic regions except Asia-Pacific were lower in July 2005 than the same month a year before.

In July, Asia-Pacific, at $7.85 billion, demonstrated a 14.4 percent growth compared with July 2004 while sales in the Americas, Japan and Europe all fell, according to the SIA statistics.

Looking at the year to date Asia-Pacific has notched up 15.0 percent growth with sales of $64.82 billion, in a market that has grown in 5.8 percent. As a result Asia-Pacific is moving closer to taking more than 50 percent of the global market. It's market share in the first eight months of 2005 is 44.9 percent.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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