Semiconductor Chip Sales – August 2008

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors grew by 5.5% to $22.7 billion in August from August 2007 sales of $21.5 billion. Sales grew by 2.4% from July when sales were $22.2 billion. Year-to-date sales through August were $170.2 billion, an increase of 4.5% from the same period of 2007 when sales were $162.9 billion.

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, an independent, non-profit organization established by the global semiconductor industry to compile industry statistics. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to differences in companies’ financial calendars.

August 2008 (Billions)

Month-to-Month Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.35 3.32 -0.8%
Europe 3.39 3.45 1.7%
Japan 4.11 4.23 3.0%
Asia Pacific 11.34 11.72 3.4%
Total 22.19 22.72 2.4%

Year-to-Year Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.58 3.32 -7.3%
Europe 3.38 3.45 2.2%
Japan 4.10 4.23 3.1%
Asia Pacific 10.47 11.72 12.0%
Total 21.53 22.72 5.5%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market Mar / Apr / May Jun / Jul / Aug % Change
Americas 3.38 3.32 -1.7%
Europe 3.33 3.45 3.7%
Japan 4.24 4.23 -0.2%
Asia Pacific 10.52 11.72 11.5%
Total 21.46 22.72 5.9%

More info: SIA