Semiconductors Rise to New January High

By Tom Allen
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Worldwide semiconductor sales in January were the highest they have ever been at the beginning of a year, according to the USA’s Semiconductor Industry Association. Total sales reached $28.5 billion – an 8.7% YoY climb from January 2014’s $26.3 billion. Seasonal trends were reflected in the fact that these sales were 2% lower than those in December 2014.

Sales in the Americas were up 16.4% ($6.51 billion), with the region leading the global market. APACxJ rose 10.7%, while sales fell in Europe (0.2%) and Japan (8%).

This is the 21st consecutive month in which global sales have increased on an annual basis.

Semiconductor Sales by Region, January 2015 ($ Millions)
Market Jan’15 Jan’14 YoY Change
Americas 6.51 5.59 16.4%
Europe 2.94 2.95 -0.2%
Japan 2.62 2.84 -8.0%
APACxJ 16.46 14.87 10.7%
Total 28.53 26.25 8.7%
Source: SIA