LONDON -- The semiconductor distribution sector in Europe is still slow with sales in the second quarter of 2003 declining by 1.1 percent versus the same period last year and by 10 percent versus the previous quarter, according to figures from the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS).
The numbers showed consolidated sales were 1.06 billion euro (about $1.2 billion) in April to June 2003.
The first six months of 2003 showed a decline of 1.25 percent while the ongoing exchange rate shift between the dollar and the euro continues to affect the statistics as in US dollars, the same period from January to June 2003 the market grew by almost 22 percent.
DMASS represents between 70 percent to 80 percent of the European semiconductor DTAM (total available market for distribution) and issues reports quarterly on the European semiconductor distribution market including breaking out by region and main product groups.
In the second quarter Eastern Europe continued to lead growth with a 29 percent advance following a growth of 21 percent in the first quarter. Germany continued to stabilise with growth of 11.7 percent (after 8 percent in the first quarter). UK and France are still declining. UK declined by 14.7 percent (Q1: 18.4 percent), France by 18.7 percent (Q1: 20.7 percent). Italy shifted from a single-digit-growth into a slight decline of 3.5 percent (Q1: 6.7 percent). The Nordic countries declined by 18.7 percent (Q1: -9.4 percent).
Benelux ended the second quarter with a growth of 21 percent (Q1: 12 percent) and Iberia turned its decline from earlier this year into a growth of almost 10 percent.
By product category
Sales of EEPROMs grew 20.7 percent and microperipherals 17.8 percent with LEDs up 10.5 percent, fibre optics sales rose 10 percent and DSPs grew 9.6 percent. Discretes and power devices sales were down except power MOS which grew 7 percent.
Programmable logic grew 5 percent while there were declines for both analog ICs (-11.5 percent) and microcontrollers (-3.2 percent).