Global semiconductor sales up 20% year-to-year in Q1

May 1, 2018

Washington, DC. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $111.1 billion during the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 20% compared with the first quarter of 2017, but 2.5% less than the fourth quarter of 2017. Sales for the month of March 2018 came in at $37.0 billion, an increase of 20% compared with the March 2017 total of $30.8 billion and 0.7% more than the February 2018 total of $36.8 billion. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

“The global semiconductor market has demonstrated impressive growth through the first quarter of 2018, far exceeding sales through the same point in 2017, which was a record year for semiconductor revenues,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Sales in March increased year-to-year for the 20th consecutive month. All regional markets experienced double-digit growth compared to last year, and all major semiconductor product categories experienced year-to-year growth, with memory products continuing to lead the way.”

Year-to-year sales increased across all regions in March: the Americas (35.7%), Europe (20.6%), China (18.8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (13.3%), and Japan (12.4%). Month-to-month sales increased in Europe (3.9%), China (2.2%), Japan (0.5%), and Asia Pacific/All Other (0.2%), but decreased slightly in the Americas (-2.0%).

March 2018
Billions
Month-to-Month Sales                         
Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 8.26 8.09 -2.0%
Europe 3.43 3.57 3.9%
Japan 3.18 3.19 0.5%
China 11.70 11.95 2.2%
Asia Pacific/All Other 10.19 10.22 0.2%
Total 36.76 37.02 0.7%
Year-to-Year Sales
Market Last Year Current Month % Change
Americas 5.96 8.09 35.7%
Europe 2.96 3.57 20.6%
Japan 2.84 3.19 12.4%
China 10.06 11.95 18.8%
Asia Pacific/All Other 9.02 10.22 13.3%
Total 30.84 37.02 20.0%
Three-Month-Moving Average Sales
Market Oct/Nov/Dec Jan/Feb/Mar % Change
Americas 8.95 8.09 -9.6%
Europe 3.37 3.57 5.8%
Japan 3.24 3.19 -1.5%
China 12.01 11.95 -0.5%
Asia Pacific/All Other 10.41 10.22 -1.8%
Total 37.99 37.02 -2.5%

For comprehensive monthly semiconductor sales data and detailed WSTS Forecasts, consider purchasing the WSTS Subscription Package. For detailed data on the global and U.S. semiconductor industry and market, consider purchasing the 2017 SIA Databook.

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