SAN JOSE, Calif.Worldwide sales of semiconductors soared 33.4 percent in February compared to a year ago, with the Japan and Asia-Pacific regions again leading the way, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Semiconductor sales were $14.6 billion, compared to $10.9 billion in February 1999, the SIA reported. In the Asia Pacific and Japan markets, theindustry grew at 45.4 percent and 42.5 percent, respectively from last year. The Americas market was up 24.7 percent from last year, and Europe's sales grew at 25.1 percent.
On a month-to-month basis, sales declined slightly in all regions, with Japan down 0.1 percent, Europe 0.8 percent, the Americas 1.3 percent, and Asia-Pacific 3.4 percent from January.
"The year-to-year growth of semiconductor sales indicates a strong 2000 for the chip industry," said SIA President, George Scalise. The statistics represent a three-month moving average of sales activity, as tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represent some 70 companies.