The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014 when sales were $26.8 billion, the SIA said. Global sales from May 2015 were 2.1 percent higher than the April 2015 total of $27.6 billion. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased 11.4 percent compared to last May to lead all regional markets. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.
"Year-to-year sales have now increased for 25 straight months, month-to-month sales increased for the first time in six months, and we expect modest growth to continue for the remainder of 2015 and beyond," said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association.
In addition to the Americas market, year-to-year sales also increased in China (9.5 percent) and Asia Pacific/All Other (8.0 percent), but decreased in Europe (-7.8 percent) and Japan (-11.8 percent). Compared to last month, sales were up in China (4.0 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (3.3 percent), and the Americas (0.2 percent), but decreased slightly in Europe (-0.6 percent) and held flat in Japan.
|Market||Last Month||Current Month||% Change|
|Asia Pacific/All Other||8.78||9.07||3.3%|
|Market||Last Year||Current Month||% Change|
|Asia Pacific/All Other||8.40||9.07||8.0%|
|Three-Month-Moving Average Sales|
|Asia Pacific/All Other||8.32||9.07||9.0%|
"Congress and the President recently gave the U.S. semiconductor industry and other trade-dependent sectors a major boost by enacting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which makes it easier for the United States to strike deals on free trade agreements," said Neuffer. "With TPA, the United States is more likely to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other critical trade agreements across the finish line, leading to continued growth and innovation in our industry and across the U.S. economy."
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