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SIA: PCs push October chip sales beyond targets

Posted: 05 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:worldwide semiconductor sales? PC? forecast? JPMorgan Chase?

Worldwide semiconductor sales in October rose to $23.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent over the $22 billion reported in October 2006 and 2 percent higher than the $22.6 billion reported in September of this year, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. The numbers came in ahead of analyst expectations and were attributed to strong PC sales.

Sales of $210.5 billion for the first 10 months of 2007 are running 3.9 percent ahead of the same period of 2006, when sales were $202.6 billion. Year-to-date sales are on pace with the SIA's November forecast of 3.8 percent growth in worldwide sales for 2007.

The Global Sales Report (GSR) of the SIA is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The data is produced as an average to smooth out peaks and troughs due to quarterly sales patterns.

'Stronger than expected'
The SIA noted that PC sales in Q3 2007 were stronger than expected, leading JPMorgan Chase to increase its forecast of growth in unit sales for the year from 11 to 12 percent to at least 13.5 percent.

According to JPMorgan Chase, the PC market is undergoing significant shifts in geographic demand. In 2006, the United States led all regions in PC unit purchases. The new JPMorgan Chase forecast projects that both the Asia Pacific and the rest of world will surpass the United States in PC unit sales in 2007.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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