That growth has been partly fuelled by comparison with sluggishness in the market a year ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in 2H20 it became clear that enterprise and consumer spending on electronics was going up due to work-from-home and stay-at-home policies.

The global market for semiconductors in July 2021 was up year-on-year by 29.0 percent but this was down slightly from the 29.2 percent figure for June. It is notably that growth in the Europe, Japan and Asia-Pacific excluding China regions, while still substantial, all fell from the previous month. The Americas and China continued to see the growth rate climb in July.

All the regions of the world tracked by WSTS and reported by SIA achieved annual growth above 20 percent with Europe still highest at 38.0 percent. Only a few months before Europe had been the slowest growing region.

The Chinese chip market was up 28.9 percent year-on-year in July with the Asia-Pacific region excluding China at 30.9 percent. The Americas region was up 26.8 percent and China up 28.9 percent.

Three-month average of chip sales by geographic region for July and June 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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