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Global Semiconductor Sales Increase in October, Remain Above Seasonal Rate

Americas spur October growth; industry projects slight decrease in global sales in 2012, followed by moderate growth in 2013 and 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.22 billion for the month of October 2012, a 1.7 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $24.79 billion. Monthly sales topped $25 billion for the first time in 2012 and remained above the seasonal growth rate in October. Total year-to-date sales in 2012 were down 3.7 percent compared to the same time last year, but the deficit was smaller than it has been all year. Regionally, sales increased in the Americas by 8.1 percent, marking the region's largest sequential monthly upsurge in the last decade. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.  

"The global semiconductor industry has demonstrated impressive resilience this year, despite operating in a challenging global macroeconomic environment," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Sales for 2012 continue to lag behind 2011 totals, but the gap has closed in recent months thanks largely to growth in the Americas. Sales for October were significantly above seasonal trends, and we expect to carry this momentum into 2013 and 2014, with moderate growth projected for both years. SIA will continue to advocate on behalf of the industry for policies that promote growth and allow the industry to flourish."         

On a regional basis, sequential monthly sales also increased in Asia Pacific (1.3 percent) and Europe (0.2 percent), but decreased in Japan (-3.1 percent). In the Americas, combined sales from August through October grew sharply (15.5 percent) compared to sales from May through July. 

Additionally, SIA today endorsed the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization's Autumn 2012 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects that the industry's worldwide sales will reach $290 billion in 2012 – a 3.2 percent decrease from the 2011 sales total. WSTS projects year-over-year declines for 2012 in all four major regions: the Americas (-4.4 percent), Europe (-10.7 percent), Japan (-2.1 percent) and Asia Pacific (-1.4 percent).

Beyond 2012, the industry is expected to grow steadily and moderately across all regions, according to the WSTS forecast. WSTS predicts 4.5 percent growth globally for 2013 ($303 billion in total sales) and 5.2 percent growth for 2014 ($319 billion). WSTS tabulates its annual forecast by convening an extensive group of global semiconductor companies that provide accurate and timely indicators of semiconductor trends.

October 2012




Billions




Month-to-Month Sales                              




Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.43

4.79

8.1%

Europe

2.79

2.79

0.2%

Japan

3.64

3.53

-3.1%

Asia Pacific

13.93

14.11

1.3%

Total

24.79

25.22

1.7%





Year-to-Year Sales                         




Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.67

4.79

2.6%

Europe

3.08

2.79

-9.4%

Japan

3.88

3.53

-9.1%

Asia Pacific

14.17

14.11

-0.4%

Total

25.81

25.22

-2.3%





Three-Month-Moving Average Sales




Market

May/June/July

Aug/Sept/Oct

% Change

Americas

4.14

4.79

15.5%

Europe

2.82

2.79

-1.0%

Japan

3.60

3.53

-2.0%

Asia Pacific

13.71

14.11

2.9%

Total

24.27

25.22

3.9%


WSTS Forecast Summary

Autumn 2012

Amounts in US$M

Year on Year Growth in %

2011

2012

2013

2014

2011

2012

2013

2014

Americas

55,197

52,771

54,727

57,345

2.8

-4.4

3.7

4.8

Europe

37,391

33,401

33,695

35,198

-1.7

-10.7

0.9

4.5

Japan

42,903

42,018

43,424

45,354

-7.9

-2.1

3.3

4.4

Asia Pacific

164,030

161,745

171,207

180,870

2.5

-1.4

5.9

5.6

Total World - $M

299,521

289,936

303,053

318,766

0.4

-3.2

4.5

5.2

Discrete Semiconductors

21,387

19,303

20,351

21,540

8.0

-9.7

5.4

5.8

Optoelectronics

23,092

25,989

27,775

29,477

6.4

12.5

6.9

6.1

Sensors

7,970

7,934

8,518

9,132

15.5

-0.4

7.4

7.2

Integrated Circuits

247,073

236,710

246,410

258,618

-1.1

-4.2

4.1

5.0

Analog

42,338

39,683

41,120

43,521

0.1

-6.3

3.6

5.8

Micro

65,204

60,316

62,075

64,959

7.5

-7.5

2.9

4.6

Logic

78,782

80,543

85,461

90,375

1.8

2.2

6.1

5.7

Memory

60,749

56,167

57,754

59,764

-12.7

-7.5

2.8

3.5

Total Products - $M

299,521

289,936

303,053

318,766

0.4

-3.2

4.5

5.2

About the SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association, SIA, is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a bellwether measurement of the U.S. economy. Semiconductor innovations form the foundation for America's $1.1 trillion dollar technology industry affecting a U.S. workforce of nearly 6 million. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of the semiconductor production of this country. Through this coalition SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry groups. The SIA works to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition in order to maintain a thriving semiconductor industry in the United States. Learn more at www.sia-online.org

Media Contact
Dan Rosso
Semiconductor Industry Association
drosso@sia-online.org
202-446-1719

SOURCE Semiconductor Industry Association

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