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Global Semiconductor Sales Continue to Increase

Oct. 4, 2013
Global semiconductor sales have been on the rise for six months in a row, largely in part by a demand for memory products.

For the sixth month in a row, the worldwide sale of semiconductors has increased, reaching $25.87 billion for the month of August 2013. The number represents a 6.4% increase compared to August 2012, marking the industry’s largest year-over-year growth in semiconductor sales since March 2011. Announced by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the numbers were compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

The steady increase of sales is due in part because of a strong demand for memory products in recent months, but sales were also growing in other categories, demonstrating the breadth of the market. Regionally, the Americas saw a 23.3% increase in sales, followed by the Asia Pacific region with 7.6% and Europe with 5%. Japan saw a 16.4% decrease, in part, however, by a devaluation of the Japanese yen.

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