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In July the same statistic was down by 0.9 percent and the chip market decline is therefore accelerating.

The year-to-August market for 2015 was still up on the same period in 2014, by 2 percent, a reduction from 2.7 percent growth in the year-to-July. The indicators are that 2015 could turn in to no-growth year for the global chip market, or even one of decline.

Three-month average sales by regions in August, July 2015. Source: ESIA/WSTS.

The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in August was $27.73 billion, a decrease of 3.0 percent from August 2014. The same figure was 0.5 percent lower than the July 2015 three-month average, which had been adjusted down to $27.86 billion (from $27.88 billion).


Regionally the all the regions showed year-on-year decreases of sales with the exception of Asia-Pacific and China. However, while Europe’s chip market in dollar terms declined by 12.4 percent, in euro currency terms it increased by 6.3 percent.

Monthly data is given by the ESIA as a three-month average, although the WSTS organization tracks actual monthly data. The ESIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it evens out the actual data that typically show troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.

Related links and articles:

www.eeca.be

www.semiconductors.org

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