Global semiconductor sales off to sluggish start in 2016

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.9 billion for the month of January 2016, 2.7 percent lower than the previous month’s total of $27.6 billion and 5.8 percent down from the January 2015 total of $28.5 billion. Sales into the Americas were particularly sluggish, decreasing 5.9 percent month-to-month and 16.9 percent year-to-year. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

“Global semiconductor sales decreased in January across most regional markets and product categories, largely due to softening demand and lingering macroeconomic headwinds,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Despite these challenges, modest market growth is projected for 2016, following essentially flat sales last year.”

Regionally, sales decreased in most regions: China (-0.4 percent month-to-month/+4.3 percent year-to-year), Europe (-1.7 percent/-7.7 percent), Japan (-3.3 percent/-5.1 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (-2.8 percent/-6.5 percent), and the Americas (-5.9 percent/-16.9 percent).

Sales also decreased across most major semiconductor product categories, with the notable exception of microprocessors, which increased year-to-year by 2.1 percent.

January 2016

Billions

Month-to-Month Sales                               

Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

5.75

5.41

-5.9%

Europe

2.77

2.72

-1.7%

Japan

2.57

2.48

-3.3%

China

8.45

8.41

-0.4%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.08

7.85

-2.8%

Total

27.62

26.88

-2.7%

Year-to-Year Sales                          

Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

6.51

5.41

-16.9%

Europe

2.95

2.72

-7.7%

Japan

2.62

2.48

-5.1%

China

8.07

8.41

4.3%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.40

7.85

-6.5%

Total

28.55

26.88

-5.8%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market

Aug/Sep/Oct

Nov/Dec/Jan

% Change

Americas

6.05

5.41

-10.6%

Europe

2.91

2.72

-6.4%

Japan

2.70

2.48

-7.8%

China

8.58

8.41

-1.9%

Asia Pacific/All Other

8.75

7.85

-10.2%

Total

28.97

26.88

-7.2%

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