Worldwide semiconductor sales increased 6 percent to $74.65 billion in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $70.45 billion in the first quarter led by strong revenue growth in the Americas, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). It was the largest quarterly increase in three years.
Global sales for June totaled $24.88 billion, an increase of 2.1 percent compared to June 2012, and 0.8 percent higher than May. Sales in the Americas rose 8.6 percent in the second quarter compared to the first and increased 10.6 percent in June 2013 compared to June 2012.
“There’s no question the global semiconductor industry has picked up steam through the first half of 2013, led largely by the Americas,” said SIA president and CEO Brian Toohey. He said there has been “consistent growth on a monthly, quarterly and year-to-year basis and sales totals have exceeded the latest industry projection.” Toohey added that sales of memory ICs have shown “particular strength.”
Quarterly sales outperformed the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization’s latest industry forecast, which projected quarter-over-quarter growth of 4.6 percent globally and 3.4 percent for the Americas. Actual increases were 6 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively, the SIA said.
Total year-to-date sales of $145.1 billion also exceeded the WSTS projection of $144.1 billion. Actual year-to-date sales through June were 1.5 percent higher than they were at the same point in 2012.
Sales in the Americas in June increased 3.5 percent compared to May, while revenue in Asia-Pacific rose 0.4 and in Europe by 0.1 percent. However, sales in Japan declined 0.9 percent in June from May, according to the SIA.
Compared to the same month in 2012, sales in June 2013 increased 10.6 percent in the Americas, 5.4 percent in Asia and 0.9 percent in Europe. However, revenue in Japan fell 20.8 percent in June 2013 compared to the same month one year ago largely due to the devaluation of the Japanese yen, according to the SIA.