WASHINGTON — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today reported that worldwide semiconductor sales in November were $26.0 billion, a decrease of 0.9% from the prior month when sales were $26.2 billion. Sales increased by 14.4 percent from November 2009 when sales were $22.7 billion. Year-to date sales through November were $271.8 billion, up 34.0% from the like period of 2009 when sales were $202.8 billion. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.
“Despite continuing macroeconomic uncertainty, the semiconductor industry is slated to close the year at record sales levels with year-over-year growth rates not experienced in nearly a decade,” said SIA President Brian Toohey. “The application of advanced technologies continues to further the proliferation of semiconductor content into a wider range of end products including mediatablets, smartphones, eReaders, and automobiles, resulting in impressive semiconductor sales in 2010,” Toohey noted. “We expect continued moderation in sales growth, in line with our November forecast,” Toohey concluded.
The SIA Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, an independent, non-profit organization established by the global semiconductor industry to compile industry statistics. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to differences in companies’ financial calendars.