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SIA says chip market got smaller in May 2012

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductors? chips? market report?

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reports that the three-month average of worldwide semiconductor sales dropped 3.4 percent year-on-year in May, down to $24.39 billion. However, this figure is a 1.4 percent increase over the prior month when three-month average sales were $24.07 billion.

In April, the three-month average was 2.9 percent down on the equivalent figure in 2011 nonetheless May's result came in ahead of the prediction of analyst Bruce Diesen of the Carnegie Group. "Recent sales totals are in line with industry projections of modest growth for the remainder of 2012, but a sluggish global economy continues to provide substantial headwinds, limiting more robust growth," said Brian Toohey, president & CEO, SIA, in a statement. The second-half growth will struggle to overturn a first half that has been down on 2011 and the SIA is predicting that global chip sales in 2012 will be flat compared with 2011.

Japan realized an increase in sales from the three-month average of May 2011 to the three-month-average of May 2012 (0.4 percent), while Asia Pacific (-1.9 percent), Americas (-3.2 percent) and Europe (-13.6 percent) all saw year-to-year decreases.

Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average although the source of the data, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies like to use the averaged data because it smoothes out the actual data that usually show troughs at the beginnings of the quarters and peaks at the ends.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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