LONDON The three-month average of chip sales for Europe for November was $3.67 billion, up 9.6 percent from the previous month and the best performing region in sales for the three months from September to November, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
This reverses the trend seen in the previous three-month moving average, when Europe was one of the poorer performers.
The North America market grew by 7.6 percent to $3.81 billion, reversing a downward trend recorded the previous month. Japanís market fared worst for the three-month moving average, growing by 7.3 percent to $4.38 billion and the Asia-Pacific region grew by 7.8 percent to $11.21 billion.
The Global Sales Report (GSR) of the SIA (San Jose, Calif.) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The data is produced as an average to smooth out peaks and troughs due to quarterly sales patterns.
Expressed as year-to-year sales, total revenues were up by 2.3 percent to $23 billion, with Japan showing the strongest improvement, up by 6.9 percent to $4.4 bn, while the North America region is still in decline, down by 3.9 percent to $3.8 bn on the sales recorded in the corresponding period last year. The Asia Pacific region showed a 3.8 percent rise to reach $11.21 bn.
Europe is also in negative territory for year-to-year sales, down 0.3 percent to $3.67 bn.