LONDON Europe was one of the better performing sectors for sales of semiconductors in February, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), while the Americas region suffered the largest decline.
While global sales fell by 6.5 percent to $20.09 billion in February, Europe and Japan saw month-to-month sales declines much lower than the two other regions tracked by the SIA.
Japan declined by only 3.3 percent to $3.67 billion with Europe down by 4.4 percent to $3.3 billion. The biggest fall was in the Americas region, down by 8.3 percent to $3.4 billion, while Asia Pacific declined 7.7 percent to sales of $9.69 billion.
Europe's performance of late seems even better when looking at the important three-month-moving-average sales figures. In a market that declined by 10.9 percent overall between the September to November averages of $22.55 billion to $20.09 billion for sales covering December 2006 to February 2007, Europe showed the slowest decline, 9.6 percent to $3.33 billion.
Again, the Americas region fared worst, dropping from $3.97 billion to $3.4 billion, with Japan and the Asia Pacific region declining by 10.5 percent and 10.2 percent respectively.
Year-to-year sales were up 4.2 percent globally, from $19.28 billion in February 2006 to $20.09 billion for this February. Within that, Europe managed a 7.2 percent rise, while again the Americas region fared poorest, declining during the 12 months by 8.6 percent. Asia Pacific was up 10.1 percent from $8.8 billion.
"All product segments and geographic areas registered lower sales in February compared to the immediate-prior month," commented George Scalise, the SIA's president. However, he added that even with the seasonal decline, sales are running ahead of last yearís record pace.