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July 7, 2011

Global semiconductors sales reach $25bn in May 2011: SIA

Global industry sales will increase 5.4% for 2011, 7.6%in 2012 and 5.4% in 2013

By CBR Staff Writer

The worldwide sales of semiconductors were $25bn for the month of May 2011, an increase of 1.8% from the $24.6bn sales in the previous month and a growth of 1.3% from May 2010, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

In terms of month-to-month sales, the Asia Pacific semiconductor market led other regions with $13.92bn sales in May 2011, a growth of 3.6% compared to $13.44bn in the previous month.

Americas recorded semiconductor sales of $4.52bn in May 2011, a 0.9% increase from $4.48bn sales in the previous month, while Europe with $3.24bn and Japan with $3.34bn sales saw a decline of 0.3% and 2.1%, respectively, compared to the previous month.

In terms of year-to-year sales, the Asia Pacific semiconductor market led other regions with $13.92bn sales in May 2011, a growth of 3.2% compared to $13.49bn in the same month last year.

In this category, Americas and Europe showed a growth of 3.2% and 3.8%, respectively, whereas Japan saw a decline of 9.9% to $3.34bn sales in May 2011 from $3.71bn sales in the same month previous year.

For the three month moving average sales, Americas and Japan recorded a marginal decline in sales, while Europe and Asia Pacific recorded a positive growth with Asia Pacific registering a 5.4% growth to $13.92bn sales from $13.21bn sales.

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SIA president Brian Toohey said global demand for high-end electronics, the continuing proliferation of semiconductor technology into a wider range of products, growth in emerging economies and better than expected recovery from the Japan earthquake will be continued drivers of industry growth in 2011.

The report said growth in the demand for tablets and e-readers grow, as well as increased demand for industrial processors for renewable energy applications, strong demand for electronic systems in auto sector is expected to drive semiconductor growth.

Cautioning about the economic uncertainty both in the U.S. and abroad, the report said emerging markets like China and India will provide more opportunities for semiconductor sales growth.

The report has indicated the global industry sales will increase 5.4% for 2011, 7.6%in 2012 and 5.4% in 2013, with a 3-year compound annual growth rate of 6.13 percent from 2010 to 2013.

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