SAN FRANCISCO—January chip sales showed the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years as the semiconductor industry continued a run that started in the second half of last year and drove the industry to surprising growth in 2016.
Chip sales for January totaled about $30.43 billion, 13.9 percent higher than January 2016, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Sales were down 1.2 percent compared to December 2016, however.
The 13.9 percent annual increase for January was the largest year-to-year increase for chip sales since November 2010.
John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO, said through a statement that the industry is off to a “strong and encouraging” start to 2017. “Sales into the China market increased by more than 20 percent year-to-year, and most other regional markets posted double-digit growth,” Neuffer said. “Following the industry's highest-ever revenue in 2016, the global market is well-positioned for a strong start to 2017.”
Most market watchers—including the SIA and the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which compiles the sales numbers that the SIA reports—had predicted that the semiconductor industry would contract moderately in 2016. However, based on a stronger-than-expected second half of the year, semiconductor sales finished the year at nearly $339 billion, up about 1 percent compared to 2015.
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