The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), a Washington, D.C.-based group that represents U.S. semiconductor designers and manufacturers, announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.53 billion for the month of July, the highest total for the year and an increase of 5.1% over July 2012. Global sales for the month were 2.6% higher than the previous month’s total of $24.88 billion. Sales in the U.S. increased 21.5% compared to July of last year, marking the region’s largest year-over-year increase in more than two years. All monthly sales numbers were compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.
Regionally, July sales increased on a sequential monthly basis in Japan (7.9%), the U.S. (5.4%), Asia Pacific (1.2%), and Europe (0.3%). Compared to the same month in 2012, sales in July increased in the U.S. (21.5%), Asia Pacific (7.2%), and Europe (1.1%), but fell in Japan (-18.6%), largely because of the devaluation of the Japanese yen according to SIA.
“The consistent, upward trajectory of global semiconductor sales continued in July, with the Americas showing particular strength and surging ahead of last year’s pace,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO of SIA. “Sales increased in all regions and across every product category, and macroeconomic indicators bode well for continued growth during the remainder of 2013″