LONDON -- Global semiconductor sales in the second quarter of 2013 rose 2.1 percent from the same quarter in 2012 to about $74.65 billion, according to data provided by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Differing geographic fortunes were notable in the numbers. Chip sales rose 10.6 percent in the Americas (a region dominated by the US market) while falling 20.8 percent in Japan.
Though the 2.1 percent annual increase was modest, sales also rose 6 percent from the first quarter of 2013. The 10-year average for second-quarter growth over the first quarter is 4.2 percent, according to WSTS data.
Three-month averaged sales for June (in billions of dollars) compared with the previous year, month, and quarter.
"There's no question the global semiconductor industry has picked up steam through the first half of 2013, led largely by the Americas," Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the SIA, said in a press release. "We have now seen consistent growth on a monthly, quarterly, and year-to-year basis, and sales totals have exceeded the latest industry projection, with sales of memory products showing particular strength."
The three-month rolling average of global chips sales for June -- effectively a metric of actual second-quarter sales -- was $24.88 billion. The SIA gives monthly data as a three-month average, though WSTS (the source of the data) tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional industry bodies use averaged data because it smoothes out the monthly data, which typically show troughs at the beginning of a quarter and peaks at the end.
The June three-month rolling average rose 5.4 percent in the Asia-Pacific region and 10.6 percent in the Americas from a year earlier. Europe showed less improvement (a 0.8 percent annual increase), but these three regions more than compensated for the 20.8 percent decline in Japan. The drop reflected devaluation of the yen, as well as the restructuring and sale of Japanese semiconductor companies.