Semiconductor Chip Sales – May 2008

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors were $21.8 billion in May, an increase of 7.5% higher than the $20.3 billion for May 2007. May sales were 2.8% higher than the $21.2 billion reported for April 2008. Year-to-date sales of $103.4 billion are up by 5.3% from the $98.2 billion reported for the first five months of 2007. Total semiconductor sales excluding memory products were up by 12.3% year-on-year and by 2.5% sequentially. According to the SIA, May is historically a relatively strong month for semiconductor sales.

The SIA 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.

May 2008 (Billions)

Month-to-Month Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.46 3.52 1.8%
Europe 3.42 3.41 -0.3%
Japan 4.29 4.29 -0.1%
Asia Pacific 10.08 10.62 5.3%
Total 21.25 21.83 2.8%

Year-to-Year Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.34 3.52 5.2%
Europe 3.27 3.41 4.4%
Japan 3.92 4.29 9.5%
Asia Pacific 9.79 10.62 8.5%
Total 20.31 21.83 7.5%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market Dec / Jan / Feb Mar / Apr / May % Change
Americas 3.30 3.52 6.6%
Europe 3.33 3.41 2.2%
Japan 3.98 4.29 7.6%
Asia Pacific 9.83 10.62 8.0%
Total 20.45 21.83 6.7%

More info: Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)