LONDON The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $22.645 billion in November, slightly ahead of expectations, and up 8.5 percent on the same figure in November 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association. The figures are based on statistics gathered by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Sales for the first 11 months of 2009 were 13.2 percent behind the same period in 2008 but with December 2009's sales now likely to far exceed those of December 2008.
Europe's averged sales were $3.015 billion, down 4.9 percent on a year before. The America's region's sales were $3.876 billion, up 25.9 percent. Japan scored averaged sales behind those of the Americas at $3.837 billion, down 5.3 percent on November 2008. China's averaged sales were $4.701 billion, up 21.5 percent while Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan and China, was responsible for sales of $7.216 billion.
European sales for semiconductors on a three-month rolling average basis grew by 7.7 percent in November compared with October. Sales growth was also positive across the other regions, but sales in Europe and in the Americas grew faster than the worldwide market.
ESIA publishes WSTS numbers as a three-month average in line with the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The SIA argues that this smoothes out the data which would otherwise display the effects of in-quarter reporting that tend to treat March, June, September and December as five-week months.
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