Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Global semicon sales up 2.7% to US$25.8b in Sept

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 2): Global sales of semiconductors rose 2.7% to US$25.80 million in September from US$25.1 billion in August, says the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

SIA president Brian Toohey said on Wednesday that September's global sales demonstrated an optimistic close to the 3rd quarter.

'While global economic uncertainty creates limited visibility for the remainder of the year, recent positive indicators and developments in the US and Europe are encouraging,' he said.

The September sales 2.7% increase from August was due to Asia Pacific which recorded US$14.22 million in sales (up 3.2% from August) while Japan reported sales of US$3.80 billion (up 4.2%), Europe's sales were US$3.13 billion (up 2.1%), and the Americas US$4.61 billion (up 0.7%).

The SIA also said quarter-on-quarter sales rose 3.5% while Japan region recorded a 14.9% increase. The increase in Japan was driven by progress made in their recovery efforts.

Additionally, strong demand for automotive applications and mobile processing in handheld devices like smart phones, tablets and eReaders added to the quarter-over-quarter increase.

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