LONDON – The three-month average for global chip sales in February was $23.25 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent from February 2012 when sales were $22.93 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). However, the year-on-year growth occurred in the America's region – 1.6 percent – and the Asia-Pacific region – 6.7 percent – with Europe's sales falling 1.5 percent and Japan's falling by 15.7 percent (see table below).
Global averaged chip sales in February also fell back sequentially, although this was expected due to seasonality – the short month of February which also usually contains the Chinese New Year.
The averaged global sales number for February 2013 was 3.8 percent lower than the averaged January 2013 total of $24.17 billion, reflecting seasonal trends, but year-to-date sales through February 2013 were 2 percent higher than at the same point in 2012.
Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average, although the source of the data, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it smoothes out the actual data that typically show troughs at the beginnings of the quarters and peaks at the ends of the quarters.
"Despite persistent economic uncertainty, the global semiconductor industry is off to a promising start in 2013 – led by strength in memory sales – and is ahead of last year's pace," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the SIA, in a statement.
Regionally, year-over-year sales increased in Asia Pacific (6.7 percent) and the Americas (1.6 percent), but decreased in Europe (-1.5 percent) and Japan (-15.7 percent). Sales increased in Europe (1.4 percent) compared to the previous month, but decreased in Asia Pacific (-3.6 percent), Japan (-5 percent) and the Americas (-6.2 percent).
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February 2013 three-month average sales (in dollar-billions) compared on a yearly, monthly and previous-quarter basis. Source: SIA and WSTS.Related links and articles:
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