In Europe, semiconductor sales reached $38.311 billion, an increase of 17.1 percent compared to the 2016 sales of $32.707 billion.
The global three-month average of sales for December was $37.98 billion up 22.5 percent on the same period in 2016. This is the equivalent to fourth quarter sales. All regions showed strong increases with the Americas region doing particularly well. Europe's three-month average sales for December were up by 20.2 percent compared to a year before.
Three-month average of sales for November and December 2017. Source: ESIA/WSTS.
Monthly data is given by the ESIA and SIA as a three-month average, with the exception of year-to-date figures, although the WSTS organization tracks actual monthly data. The ESIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it evens out the actual data that typically shows troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.
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