Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$28 billion for the month of August 2016, an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous month’s total of US$27.1 billion and an uptick of 0.5% over the August 2015 total of US$27.9 billion, according to SIA.
August marked the market’s largest month-to-month growth since May 2013 and its first year-to-year growth since June 2015, SIA indicated.
“Following months of sluggish global semiconductor sales, the global market recently has shown signs of a rebound, punctuated by solid growth in August,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “The Americas market was particularly encouraging, topping 6% month-to-month growth for the first time in nearly three years to lead all regional markets. China also stood out, posting by far the strongest year-to-year growth of all regions in August. All told, global sales are still behind last year’s pace, but appear to be on the right track as 2017 draws closer.”
Month-to-month sales increased across all regions: the Americas (6.3%), Japan (4.8%), China (3.1%), Asia Pacific/All Other (2.7%), and Europe (0.7%). Year-to-year sales increased in China (7.1%) and Japan (2.2%), but fell in Asia Pacific/All Other (-2.7%), the Americas (-3.1%), and Europe (-3.3%).