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How Did the Global Semiconductor Market Reach Record Sales in 2014?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Last November, when I wrote about industry sales through the third quarter of 2014, I said that it was hard to envision final 2014 sales not being the highest annually on record and that a more interesting question to consider was whether final 2014 annual sales would surpass the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics’ (WSTS) forecast at the time of 6.5 percent growth, which WSTS later revised to 9.0 percent growth.

As the final 2014 Global Sales Report revealed earlier this week, 2014 annual sales were indeed record-breaking at $335.8 billion, and annual growth did indeed surpass not just WSTS’s old forecast of 6.5 percent but also its revised forecast of 9.0 percent, coming in at 9.9 percent. Besides the annual year-over-year record sales increase in 2014, quarterly year-over-year and monthly year-over-year (December) sales also grew by 9.3 percent each.

The table below compares 2014 monthly global semiconductor sales totals (on a three-month moving average) with monthly sales totals from 2009 through 2013. From the start to the end of 2014, monthly sales were consistently ahead of the pace set in each of the previous five years. [Source: World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data]

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Topics: GSR

Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Dec 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right?

Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to contemplate the 2015 forecast and what it means. 

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Topics: market, sales, GSR

Semiconductor Market Continues Record Setting Pace in Third Quarter of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Third quarter global semiconductor industry sales reached a record high of $87 billion, as reported earlier this week in SIA’s most recent monthly global sales report. This figure marked a 5.7 percent increase over the second quarter global sales totals.

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Topics: sales, GSR

Semiconductor Market Setting Sales Records through the First Half of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $82.7 billion during the second quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever second quarter sales total. In fact, there were other “highest ever” sales levels achieved with the release of the June 2014 data, including highest monthly sales ever and highest first half sales ever. Global quarter-over-quarter sales grew by 5.4 percent. Global semiconductor sales performance in Q2 clearly built on the strong sales trend established in Q1 and where 2013 left off.

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Topics: sales, GSR

Semiconductor Market Maintains Momentum at Start of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever first quarter sales.  It seems apparent that global semiconductor market performance in early 2014 has continued where 2013 left off with positive sales growth. Through the second half of 2013 and into 2014, the global semiconductor market has demonstrated consistent positive sales momentum, and 2014 global sales are well ahead of last year’s pace through the first quarter by 11.4 percent. As the orange line in the table below clearly illustrates, sales performance from the first three months of 2014 is well ahead of Q1 performance for any of the last five years. [Source: World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data]

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Topics: market, statistics, sales, data, GSR