After nine months of consecutive semiconductor sales increases, November, 2009 figures just released by the SIA, highlight that this was the first month that sales were higher than any month in 2008. Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to US$22.6 billion in November, a 3.7% increase from October when sales were US$21.8 billion and 8.5% higher than November 2008 when sales were US$20.9 billion.
“For the first time in 2009, worldwide semiconductor sales in November were in positive territory compared to one year ago,” said SIA President George Scalise. “2009 ended with sales of many IT and consumer products faring better than earlier projections. Sales of personal computers continue to strengthen in line with recent projections and appear to signal the beginning of recovery of demand from the business sector. The release of the Windows 7 operating system in October has been a positive factor. Unit sales of handsets should come in roughly even with 2008 levels. In the consumer space, there have been a few bright spots including LCD TVs, which saw an increase of 25-30 percent in units in 2009.”
Sales increased sequentially in all geographic regions. However sales for the first 11 months of 2009 were US$202.1 billion, a decline of 13.2% from the like period of 2008 when sales were US$232.7 billion.