Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $19.6 billion in June, up over 9% from June 2005, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). June sales figures bring second quarter 2006 sales to $58.9 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from the first quarter of this year, but a 9.4% increase over the same period last year. Total sales for the first half of the year came to $118 billion, up 8.3% over the first half of 2005.
Unit sales of PCs rose approximately 10% in the second quarter over the same period last year. Competitive pricing has affected average sales prices in this sector of the market. The average price of a laptop fell by more than 18% compared to second quarter of 2005.
The SIA’s Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to companies’ financial calendars.