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Semiconductor sales second highest on record in March

03 May 2010 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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According to the latest figures released by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), semiconductor sales for March, 2010 were the second highest ever after record sales set back in November, 2007. The SIA said that worldwide semiconductor sales in March reached US$23.1 billion, an increase of 4.6% from the previous month when sales were US$22.0 billion. Sales increased by 58.3 percent from March 2009 when sales were US$14.6 billion when the industry was at a low point before the recovery started.

“Global sales of semiconductors set a new high for the month of March and were second only to the record sales reported in November 2007,” said SIA President George Scalise. “Healthy demand from major end markets coupled with restocking to normal inventory levels contributed to strong first-quarter growth. While we expect that 2010 sales will continue to be strong, the year-on-year growth rate will moderate going forward, reflecting the industry recovery that began in the second half of 2009.”

Sales for the first quarter of 2010 were US$69.2 billion compared to US$43.7 billion for the first quarter of 2009.

“The current results reflect improved sales in a variety of market segments, including the enterprise sector where recovery has been slower than in the consumer sector. Healthy economic growth in China and growing demand for PCs and cell phones in developing economies were major contributors to growth in the first quarter.  Continued growth for the semiconductor industry is closely tied to continuation of the global economic recovery. We remain cautiously optimistic that global sales will show double-digit growth in 2010,” noted Scalise.

The SIA believes that there are any near-term problems emerging in respect to rising inventories, rather the strong unit demand in key end markets is continuing, especially in computing and communications markets, which account for more than 60% of total demand.

On a regional basis, all areas showed strong growth month-on-month with Europe showing the strongest growth of 7.1% after lagging other regions all year.

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