Global Semi Sales On The Down Low

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reveals worldwide sales of semiconductors were $32.1 billion in April 2019, a decrease of 14.6% from the April 2018 total of $37.6 billion and 0.4% less than the March 2019 total of $32.3 billion. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, a newly released WSTS industry forecast projects annual global sales will decrease 12.1% in 2019, then increase 5.4% in 2020. SIA represents US leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research.

Regionally, sales increased slightly on a month-to-month basis in Japan (2.5%) and China (1.8%), but decreased in Europe (-1.2%), Asia Pacific/All Other (-2%), and the Americas (-3%). On a year-to-year basis, sales were down across all regional markets: Europe (-8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (-10.7%), China (-10.9%), Japan (-10.9%), and the Americas (-29.5%).

The WSTS Spring 2019 global semiconductor sales forecast projects the industry's worldwide sales will be $412.1 billion in 2019. This would mark a 12.1% decrease from the 2018 sales total of $468.8, which was reported as the industry's highest-ever annual total. WSTS projects year-to-year decreases across all regional markets for 2019: Europe (-3.1%), Asia Pacific (including China) (-9.6%), Japan (-9.7%), and the Americas (-23.6%). In 2020, the global market is projected to bounce back somewhat, posting moderate growth of 5.4 percent. WSTS tabulates its semi-annual industry forecast by convening an extensive group of global semiconductor companies that provide accurate and timely indicators of semiconductor trends.

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