Hi Ismini - The latest monthly run of the Cowan LRA Model's global semiconductor sales forecast for 2014, based on February's actual global semiconductor sales published by the WSTS, came in at $342.06 billion. This updated monthly sales forecast estimate equates to an expected 2014 sales growth prediction of 11.9 percent relative to 2013's final sales of $305.584 billion. This latest chip sales forecast update is more bullish than Deutsche Bank's analysts prediction of 8 percent quoted in your article. Additionally 2015's sales forecast is expected to be $358.23 billion which corresponds to a sales growth forecast expectation of 4.7 percent.
Mike Cowan, independent semiconductor market watcher and creator of the Cowan LRA Model for forecasting global semi sales.