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Global chip sales up 1.4% in May

Posted: 05 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor  Asia Pacific 

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached Rs.1.33 lakh crore ($24.4 billion) for the month of May 2012, a 1.4 per cent increase over the prior month when sales were Rs.1.32 lakh crore ($24.1 billion), according to SIA.

The three-month (March-April-May) combined sales increased over December-January-February by the highest rate (6.4 per cent) since June 2010. Additionally, May marked the third consecutive month that sales have grown over the previous month – the longest streak of sequential monthly growth since September 2010.

However, sales from May 2012 were 3.4 per cent lower than the May 2011 total of Rs.1.38 lakh crore ($25.2 billion), and 2012 year-to-date sales were lower across all regions than at this time last year.

"The upward trend of global semiconductor sales is encouraging," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Recent sales totals are in line with industry projections of modest growth for the remainder of 2012, but a sluggish global economy continues to provide substantial headwinds, limiting more robust growth."

Regionally, semiconductor sales increased in Asia Pacific (10.5 per cent), Europe (4.4 per cent) and the Americas (1.6 per cent) over a three-month moving average, but fell slightly in Japan (-0.7 per cent). However, Japan realised an increase in sales from May 2011 to May 2012 (0.4 per cent), while Asia Pacific (-1.9 per cent), the Americas (-3.2 per cent) and Europe (-13.6 per cent) all saw year-to-year decreases.


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