Worldwide semiconductor sales were better than expected in April, according to the SIA. Sales topped US$15.6 billion, 6.4% higher than March when sales were US$14.7 billion. However, April sales were 25% lower than April 2008 when sales were $20.9 billion. Seasonal sales patterns have returned, though at lower levels, SIA said.
“The better-than-expected 6.4 percent sequential increase in April sales was driven by moderate improvements in a number of end-demand drivers and inventory replenishment,” said SIA President George Scalise. “The PC market – a major consumer of semiconductors – has been stronger than predicted earlier in the year. Consensus forecasts currently project that PC unit sales in 2009 will decline by about 6 percent compared to earlier forecasts of a decline in the range of 12 percent. Analysts are also more optimistic about cell phone unit sales, which are now projected to decline by around 7 percent compared to earlier forecasts of 15 percent. PCs and cell phones account for nearly 60 percent of all semiconductor consumption.”
The SIA noted that the worldwide automotive market, which accounts for about 7% of total semiconductor sales, remains weak. Asia Pacific and Japan were the only two regions that saw improving market conditions, Month-on-Month. Asia Pacific grew the most at 11.9%, supported by inventory replenishment, while Japan saw a 2.4% increase in sales after suffering significant declines in previous months. Year-to Year sales in Japan are down 39%. America’s saw 0.5% growth Month-on-Month.