Growth at last for global chip market

October 10, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
The global chip market in August showed it first year-on-year growth since June 2015, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reporting numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

The global three-month averaged chip market in August was $28.03 billion, an increase of 3.5 percent compared to the previous month’s total of $27.08 billion and an uptick of 0.5 percent over the August 2015 total of $27.9 billion.

Year-to-year sales increased in China (7.1 percent) and Japan (2.2 percent), but fell in Asia-Pacific excluding China (-2.7 percent), the Americas (-3.1 percent), and Europe (-3.3 percent).

"Following months of sluggish global semiconductor sales, the global market recently has shown signs of a rebound, punctuated by solid growth in August," said John Neuffer, CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, in a statement.

Three-month average of sales for July and August 2016. Source: SIA/WSTS.

The Americas and Europe continued ot be the worst performing regions, as they were in July.

All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Monthly data is given by the SSIA as a three-month average, although the WSTS organization 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.

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