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November 2, 2010

Global chip sales up 26.2% to $26.5bn in September: SIA

All regions register increased numbers compared to August 2010

By CBR Staff Writer

Worldwide semiconductor sales were up by 2.9% to $26.5bn in September, 2010, compared to $25.8bn in August, 2010, according to latest updates from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Sales were 26.2% higher in September 2010, compared to $20.96bn in September 2009. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.

According to the SIA Global Sales Report, sales in Asia Pacific region rose by 26.1% to $14.14bn from $11.22bn in the same period last year, while sales in Japan rose by 15.4% to $4.20bn from $3.64bn.

For Americas and Europe regions, sales rose by 39.5% and 24.4% to $4.86bn and $3.26bn, respectively.

Sales for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $79.4bn, a 6.1% increase from the previous quarter when sales were $74.8bn.

Third quarter sales were 26.2% higher than the $62.9bn for the like period in 2009.

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SIA president Brian Toohey said semiconductor sales have grown steadily in all regions through the third quarter of 2010, with strong demand in consumer and industrial electronic products.

"Inventory for the industry continues to be generally in balance with demand," Toohey said.

"We could see moderation in the growth rate through the end of the year as demand for consumer electronic products such as personal computers, flat panel televisions, and mobile devices are potentially impacted by continuing economic uncertainty."

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