Global semiconductor sales increase in February

April 6, 2015

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7% from February 2014 when sales were $26.0 billion. Global sales from February 2015 were 2.7% lower than the January 2015 total of $28.5 billion, reflecting seasonal trends. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased by 17.1% compared to last February to lead all regional markets. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

“The global semiconductor industry maintained momentum in February, posting its 22nd straight month of year-to-year growth despite macroeconomic headwinds,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Sales of DRAM and analog products were particularly strong, notching double-digit growth over last February, and the Americas market achieved its largest year-to-year sales increase in 12 months.”

Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in the Americas (17.1%) and Asia Pacific (7.6%), but decreased in Europe (-2.0%) and Japan (-8.8%). Sales decreased compared to the previous month in Europe (-1.6%), Asia Pacific (-2.2%), Japan (-2.3%), and the Americas (-4.4%).

“While we are encouraged by the semiconductor market’s sustained growth over the last two years, a key driver of our industry’s continued success is free trade,” Neuffer continued. “A legislative initiative called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has paved the way for opening markets to American goods and services for decades, helping to give life to nearly every U.S. free trade agreement in existence, but it expired in 2007. With several important free trade agreements currently under negotiation, Congress should swiftly re-enact TPA.”

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Rick Nelson | Contributing Editor

Rick is currently Contributing Technical Editor. He was Executive Editor for EE in 2011-2018. Previously he served on several publications, including EDN and Vision Systems Design, and has received awards for signed editorials from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He began as a design engineer at General Electric and Litton Industries and earned a BSEE degree from Penn State.

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