Worldwide semiconductor sales totalled $25.8 billion in April: down 1% MoM and 6.2% YoY, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The SIA uses data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), which projects decreased annual sales through 2016. However, this will be followed by slight market growth in 2017 and 2018.
The lower April figures follow “a recent trend of market sluggishness driven by soft demand and a range of macroeconomic headwinds,” said SIA president John Neuffer.
On an annual comparison, sales were up slightly in Japan (2.2%) and China (0.3%), but down in APAC/All Other (8.2%), Europe (8.6%) and the Americas (14.8%). Compared to March 2016, sales were up in Japan (0.2%) and APAC/All Other (0.1%); other regions were down (Europe: 0.8%; China: 1.8%; Americas: 2.2%).
The WSTS predicts that global semiconductor sales will reach $327.2 billion this year, down 2.4% YoY. These decreases will affect many regional markets, including Europe (0.1%), APAC (1.2%), Japan (1.7%) and the Americas (7.3%).
Beyond 2016, the WSTS expects 2% annual growth in 2017 (to $333.7 billion) and 2.2% in 2018 (to $340.9 billion).
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