LONDON The three-month average of global chip sales for July, was $20.6 billion, up 3.2 percent on the previous month and an increase of 2.2 percent for year-on-year growth, according to numbers from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The three-month average of sales of semiconductors in Europe in July 2007 reached $3.28 billion, an annual growth of 3.5 percent.
The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) commented that the exchange of the Euro compared to the US dollar again widened its impact for sales in Europe. Measured in Euros, semiconductor sales in July were Euros 2.23 billion, up 2 per cent on June 2007 but a decrease of nearly 3 percent against sales in July 2006. Expressed on a year-to-date basis, the decline in European chip sales is put at 3.6 percent.
Sales for the Americas region in July 2007 were $3.47 billion, up 5.1 percent on the previous month but representing a decline of 6.2 percent year-on-year. Asia Pacific fared best for year-on-year sales with sales of $9.9 billion in July 2007, but this represented growth of only 3.2 percent month-on-month.
Japan reached sales of $4 billion in July 2007, 2.1 percent better than the previous month and 2.6 percent growth year-on-year.
The ESIA said DRAM memory price developments are having significant impact on the European market "with a positive impact reported in July over June."
Sales of NOR and NAND flash memories continue to diverge, said the ESIA, because of the different market segments, with demand for NAND higher than that for NOR memories.
Microprocessors, standard logic parts and DSPs all fared well during July on the European market, but sales of discretes, optoelectronic components and microcontrollers were flat.