LONDON October's global market for semiconductors was $22.05 billion, up 13.8 percent on the $19.38 billion sales recorded in October 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
This is the first time that a monthly sales figure has been higher than the same month a year before since September 2008.
The 14 percent annual growth represents a turnaround from June when actual global sales were $19.27 billion and 24.5 percent behind where they were in June 2008. However, for the next several months the annual growth will be flattered by the deep stall in chip sales that occurred during the first half of 2009.
The reason for the discrepancy between the numbers quoted by the SIA and those from WSTS, is that the SIA takes the WSTS numbers and creates a three-month average from a given month and the two preceding months. It argues that this smoothes out the data which would otherwise display the effect of in-quarter reporting that tend to treat March, June, September and December as five-week months.
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