WASHINGTON, D.C.—Oct. 2, 2012—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.30 billion for the month of August 2012, a slight increase of 0.1 percent from the previous month when sales were $24.27 billion and a 3.2 percent decrease from the August 2011 total of $25.1 billion. Year-to-date sales reached $189.46 billion in August 2012, down 4.6 percent compared to the same time last year.
“Global semiconductor sales have held steady in recent months despite strong macroeconomic headwinds, but these challenges have hampered growth,” said Brian Toohey, president & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “With Election Day fast approaching, candidates should have a vigorous discussion about enacting government policies to reduce business uncertainty, accelerate the economic recovery and keep America at the forefront of innovation.”
Year-over-year and year-to-date sales were lower across all regions, with small decreases in Japan and Asia Pacific and steeper drops in Europe and the Americas. Sales increased on a sequential monthly basis in the Americas (1.0 percent) for the first time since April 2012. Japan (1.0 percent) also increased month-over-month, while Europe (-1.9 percent) fell slightly and Asia Pacific remained flat. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.