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Global semiconductor industry breaks monthly sales record and edges closer to $400 billion annual sales

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $37.7 billion for the month of November 2017, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association

The above figure represents an increase of 21.5 percent compared with the November 2016 total of $31 billion and 1.6 percent more than the October 2017 total of $37.1 billion.

The SIA, a US industry organisation monitoring, says all major regional markets posted both year-to-year and month-to-month sales increases in November, with the Americas market leading the way. 

All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the SIA’s World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization and represent a three-month moving average (see chart below).

SIA president and CEO John Neuffer says: “The global semiconductor industry reached another key milestone in November, notching its highest-ever monthly sales, and appears poised to reach $400 billion in annual sales for the first time.


global semiconductor sales chart
Graph shows the worldwide semiconductor billings per 12 months rolling average and the WSTS semiconductor forecast

“Global market growth continues to be led by sales of memory products, but sales of all other major semiconductor categories also increased both month-to-month and year-to-year in November.

“All regional markets also experienced growth in November, with the Americas continuing to post the strongest gains.”

Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in:

  • the Americas (40.2 percent);
  • Europe (18.8 percent);
  • China (18.5 percent);
  • Asia Pacific / All Other (16.2 percent); and
  • Japan (10.6 percent).

Month-to-month sales increased in:

  • the Americas (2.6 percent);
  • China (2.1 percent);
  • Europe (1.8 percent);
  • Asia Pacific / All Other (0.5 percent); and
  • Japan (0.3 percent).
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