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Global Semiconductor Sales Post Best Month of 2012 in November

Americas lead strong November sales; industry carries momentum into 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.73 billion for the month of November 2012, the largest monthly total of 2012 and a 2 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $25.22 billion. Sales from November 2012 also topped the November 2011 total of $25.22 billion by 2 percent, marking the global industry's first year-over-year gain of 2012. Regionally, the Americas posted its largest year-over-year increase (9.7 percent) since April 2011. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.  

"The global semiconductor industry navigated difficult macroeconomic conditions in 2012, but encouraging growth led by the Americas in recent months has the industry pointed in the right direction heading into 2013," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "To ensure that the industry's momentum continues, Congress should remove ongoing economic uncertainty by enacting long-term, reliable fiscal policies that boost America's economic strength and global competitiveness."          

Regionally, sequential monthly sales increased in the Americas (5.1 percent), Asia Pacific (2.7 percent) and Europe (0.4 percent), but decreased in Japan (-3.4 percent). In the Americas, combined sales from September through November grew sharply (20.2 percent) compared to sales from June through August, marking the region's largest increase on a three-month moving average in the last decade.

November 2012




Billions




Month-to-Month Sales                              




Market

Last Month

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.79

5.03

5.1%

Europe

2.79

2.80

0.4%

Japan

3.53

3.41

-3.4%

Asia Pacific

14.11

14.49

2.7%

Total

25.22

25.73

2.0%





Year-to-Year Sales                         




Market

Last Year

Current Month

% Change

Americas

4.59

5.03

9.7%

Europe

3.03

2.80

-7.4%

Japan

3.82

3.41

-10.8%

Asia Pacific

13.79

14.49

5.1%

Total

25.22

25.73

2.0%





Three-Month-Moving Average Sales




Market

June/July/Aug

Sept/Oct/Nov

% Change

Americas

4.19

5.03

20.2%

Europe

2.77

2.80

1.3%

Japan

3.64

3.41

-6.3%

Asia Pacific

13.71

14.49

5.7%

Total

24.30

25.73

5.9%

About the SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association, SIA, is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a bellwether measurement of the U.S. economy. Semiconductor innovations form the foundation for America's $1.1 trillion dollar technology industry affecting a U.S. workforce of nearly 6 million. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of the semiconductor production of this country. Through this coalition SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry groups. The SIA works to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition in order to maintain a thriving semiconductor industry in the United States. Learn more at www.sia-online.org.

Media Contact
Dan Rosso
Semiconductor Industry Association
drosso@sia-online.org 
202-446-1719


SOURCE Semiconductor Industry Association

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