Meanwhile the Americas region’s annual growth climbed to a world-leading 33.5 percent based on three-month average sales compiled by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization and reported by the US Semiconductor Industry Association.

In terms of three-month averaged chip sales, the global market in September 2021 was $48.28 billion up by 27.6 percent compared with a year before. This exceptional growth compares with 29.7 percent, 29.0 percent and 29.2 percent in August, July and June respectively.

The September three-month average figures are a proxy for the 3Q21.

There is therefore a hint that annual growth will abate further as comparisons move to be made against relatively strong growth in the months of the 4Q20 rather than weakness earlier in the 2020.

The Chinese market, which buys a third of global chip sales, was up 24 percent.

Three-month average of chip sales by geographic region for September and August 2021. Source: SIA/WSTS.

Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average although the source of the data, World Semiconductor Trade Statisics, 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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