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Chip market cites China as the only region 'in the black'

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WSTS? SIA? chip sales? semiconductor?

According to the data from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 fell by three per cent compared with the figure for the same month a year before.

Regionally the all the regions showed YoY decreases of sales with the exception of China (growth of 5.3 per cent). Japan and Europe continue to be the poorest performing regions, partly due to currency exchange rate weakness.

The YoY decline shown in the averaged data for November is roughly on par with figures for October, September and August, which showed annual declines of 2.5, 2.8 and three per cent, respectively. The market for the calendar year is on course to be flat.

Three-month average sales by regions

Three-month average sales by regions in November, October 2015. (Source: SIA/WSTS)

The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in November was $28.88 billion, a decrease of three per cent from November 2014.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues

(Source: SIA/WSTS)

Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average, although the WSTS organisation tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it evens out the actual data that typically show troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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