KUALA LUMPUR (July 2): Global semiconductors sales fell 14.6% year-on-year in May to US$33.1 billion from US$38.7 billion a year ago, according to the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
In a statement on its website yesterday, SIA said the sales figure was 1.9% more month-on-month from US$32.5 billion in April.
Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation and represent a three-month moving average.
SIA president and CEO John Neuffer said global semiconductor sales fell well short last year’s monthly total in May, marking the fifth straight month of negative sales growth on a year-to-year basis.
“On a month-to-month basis, global sales increased modestly and sales into the Americas increased for the first time in seven months, although year-to-year sales into the Americas were down substantially,” he said.
SIA said that regionally, sales increased on a month-to-month basis in China (5.4%), the Americas (1.4%), and Japan (0.9%), but decreased in Europe (-0.4%) and Asia Pacific/All Other (-1.1%).
On a year-to-year basis, sales were down across all regional markets: Europe (-9.0%), China (-9.8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (-12.6%), Japan (-13.6%), and the Americas (-27.9%).