The global chip market was worth $335.2 billion in 2015, down 0.2 percent compared with the 2014 total, the SIA reported, quoting numbers compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
This was a result of a three-month average for global chip sales in December of $27.6 billion, down 5.2 percent compared with the same period a year before and down 4.4 percent compared with the previous month. This annual decline was steeper than the 3.0 percent decline for the three-month average for November.
Three-month average of sales for December, November 2015 Source: SIA/WSTS.
On a geographic basis the Americas region showed the steepest annual decline, at 14.5 percent while China continued to be the one region that is growing its market.
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"Factors that limited more robust sales in 2015 include softening demand, the strength of the dollar, and normal market trends and cyclicality. In spite of these challenges, modest market growth is projected for 2016," said John Neuffer, CEO of the SIA, in a statement.
Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average, 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 show troughs at the beginnings of quarters and peaks at the ends of quarters.
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