Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion in November 2014, an increase of 9.1 percent from November 2013, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). However, November 2014 semiconductor sales declined 0.1 percent from October.
Year-to-date sales through November were 10 percent higher than they were at the same point in 2013, the SIA said.
“Global semiconductor sales through November have matched the total from all of 2013, assuring that the industry will achieve a new record for sales in 2014,” said Brian Toohey, SIA president and CEO. He added that demand was strong across nearly all semiconductor product categories.
Regionally the Americas and Asia-Pacific markets continued to post the most robust growth, said Toohey.
Compared to November 2013, sales in November 2014 increased 12.3 percent in Asia Pacific, 11.1 percent in Americas and 3.4 percent in Europe, but fell 4.5 percent in Japan, the association said.
Compared to October 2014, sales in November increased 1.8 percent in the Americas, but declined 0.2 percent in Asia Pacific, 0.7 percent in Europe and 2.6 percent in Japan, according to the SIA. Sales were higher across all regions through November than they were through the same point last year.
Touhey said that semiconductor revenue growth should continue into 2015. The SIA earlier forecasted that global semiconductor revenue will end 2014 growing 9 percent to $333.2 billion. The association forecasts 3.4 percent sales growth in 2015 as revenue should rise to $344.5 billion.
All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.
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