Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 2.9 Percent Month-to-Month in October; Annual Sales Projected to Decrease 12.8 Percent in 2019

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2019, 4:30pm

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Following 2019 slump, industry forecast projects global market will rebound with moderate growth in 2020, 2021

WASHINGTON—Dec. 3, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $36.6 billion for the month of October 2019, an increase of 2.9 percent from the previous month’s total of $35.6 billion, but down 13.1 percent compared to the October 2018 total of $42.1 billion. Additionally, a newly released industry forecast from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization projects annual global sales will decrease 12.8 percent in 2019, followed by increases of 5.9 percent in 2020 and 6.3 percent in 2021. SIA represents U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, with members accounting for approximately 95 percent of U.S. semiconductor sales.

“While the global semiconductor market has slumped somewhat in 2019 compared to the record sales posted in 2018, the recent trend is more positive, with month-to-month sales increasing in October for the fourth consecutive month,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Global sales are projected to decrease by double digits in 2019, then rebound with moderate growth expected in 2020 and 2021.”

Regionally, sales increased in October 2019 compared to September 2019 across all major regional markets: the Americas (8.6 percent), China (2.9 percent), Japan (1.0 percent), Europe (0.5 percent), and Asia Pacific/All Other (0.4 percent). Sales were down across all regions compared to October 2018: Europe (-7.3 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (-7.4 percent), Japan (-9.3 percent), China (-10.2 percent), and the Americas (-27.1 percent).

Additionally, SIA today endorsed the WSTS Autumn 2019 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects the industry’s worldwide sales will be $409.0 billion in 2019, a 12.8 percent decrease from the 2018 sales total of $468.8 billion. WSTS projects year-to-year decreases across all regional markets for 2019: Europe (-6.9 percent), Asia Pacific (-8.8 percent), Japan (-11.1 percent), and the Americas (-26.7 percent). In 2020 and 2021, global sales are expected to increase by 5.9 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. WSTS tabulates its semi-annual industry forecast by convening an extensive group of global semiconductor companies that provide accurate and timely indicators of semiconductor trends.

For comprehensive monthly semiconductor sales data and detailed WSTS Forecasts, consider purchasing the WSTS Subscription Package. For detailed data on the global and U.S. semiconductor industry and market, consider purchasing the 2019 SIA Databook.

[October 2019 chart and graph]

# # #

Media Contact
Dan Rosso
Semiconductor Industry Association
About SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the semiconductor industry, one of America’s top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security, and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – the tiny chips that enable modern technologies – power incredible products and services that have transformed our lives and our economy. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million workers in the United States, and U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $209 billion in 2018. SIA members account for nearly 95 percent of all U.S. semiconductor industry sales. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen leadership of semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research by working with Congress, the Administration, and key industry stakeholders around the world to encourage policies that fuel innovation, propel business, and drive international competition. Learn more at
About WSTS
World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) is an independent non-profit organization representing the vast majority of the world semiconductor industry. The mission of WSTS is to be the respected source of semiconductor market data and forecasts. Founded in 1986, WSTS is the singular source for monthly industry shipment statistics.