This was the third month in sequence of declining growth, presaging a return to single-digit percentage growth in 2019.

The global three-month averaged sales figure for October 2018 was $41.37 billion, down 1.1 percent from the previous month and up 9.8 percent from November 2017. In October, the equivalent year-on-year growth figure 12.7 percent; in September 13.8 percent; and in August 14.9 percent.

China continued to lead the market with $14 billion of sales in October and annual growth of 17.4 percent. All the other major reasons showed single-digit percentage growth

Three-month average of sales for November and October 2018. Source: SIA/WSTS.

The Asia-Pacific region excluding China and Japan is the next largest after China with three-month-average sales of $10.84 billion and annual growth of 4.4 percent.

The Americas region with sales of $9.54 billion saw its growth fall sharply to 8.8 percent while the European and Japanese markets continue to shrink in global significance in the chip market with below average growth of 5.8 and 5.6 percent respectively.

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

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