Global Semiconductor Sales Up Slightly in May

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$26 billion for the month of May 2016, an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous month’s total of $25.9 billion, but a decrease of 7.7% compared to the same month last year, which was of $28.1 billion.

Month-to-month sales into all regional markets held relatively steady, with China leading the way with 3.1 percent market growth. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. 

In a news release, SIA CEO John Neuffer said the small uptick in global semiconductor sales in May marked the market’s largest month-to-month growth in six months, but that the overall landscape remains somewhat stagnant due to soft demand and unfavorable macroeconomic conditions. “Most regional markets have struggled to gain traction in 2016, with the Americas falling well behind sales posted through the same point last year. Sales of analog products were a bright spot in May, notching both month-to-month and year-to-year increases.”

Regionally, month-to-month sales increased in China (3.1 percent), but slipped slightly in the Americas (-0.1%), Europe (-0.8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (-0.8%), and Japan (-1.8%). Year-to-year sales increased marginally in Japan (0.4%), but dropped in China (-0.5%), Europe (-8.8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (-11.5%), and the Americas (-15.0%). 

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