Global Semiconductor Sales Up Slightly in September

Q3 better than Q2; Americas post largest monthly increase in over two years

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 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 $24.79 billion for the month of September 2012, a 2 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $24.30 billion. Sales from the third quarter of 2012 totaled $74.4 billion – a 1.8 percent jump compared to the previous quarter – but total 2012 sales were down 4.7 percent compared to the same time last year. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.  

"Semiconductor sales increased from August to September and from Q2 to Q3 as the industry continued to exhibit relative steadiness in a choppy global economy, but the global industry remains behind last year's pace due to lingering economic headwinds," said Brian Toohey, SIA president & CEO. "Following tomorrow's election, we stand ready to work with the newly-elected Administration and Congress to enact policies that ease economic uncertainty and remove barriers to innovation."

Regionally, sales increased by 5.8 percent in the Americas on a sequential monthly basis, marking the region's largest increase since May 2010. Sales also increased from August to September in Asia Pacific (1.6 percent), Europe (0.7 percent) and Japan (0.2 percent), but all four regions lagged behind September 2011 sales.   

"On a regional basis, the Americas were particularly encouraging, posting the largest monthly increase in more than two years," Toohey said. "The region also received positive news last week when SIA announced that the U.S. semiconductor industry now directly employs almost a quarter of a million workers and added jobs three times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy."

September 2012




Billions




Month-to-Month Sales                              




Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.19

4.43

5.8%

Europe

2.77

2.79

0.7%

Japan

3.64

3.64

0.2%

Asia Pacific

13.71

13.93

1.6%

Total

24.30

24.79

2.0%





Year-to-Year Sales                         




Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.61

4.43

-3.9%

Europe

3.13

2.79

-11.1%

Japan

3.80

3.64

-4.1%

Asia Pacific

14.27

13.93

-2.4%

Total

25.81

24.79

-3.9%





Three-Month-Moving Average Sales




Market

Apr/May/June

July/Aug/Sept

% Change

Americas

4.32

4.43

2.5%

Europe

2.82

2.79

-1.1%

Japan

3.43

3.64

6.3%

Asia Pacific

13.78

13.93

1.1%

Total

24.34

24.79

1.8%

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
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Semiconductor Industry Association
drosso@sia-online.org
202-446-1719

240-305-4738

SOURCE Semiconductor Industry Association



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