The three-month averaged sales figure for August was $40.16 billion, up 14.9 percent from the same three-month average a year before.

China was the strongest growing region at 27.3 pecent with the Americas down at the average figure of 15.0 percent growth. Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia-Pacific follow behind with single-digit percentage growth.

Three-month average of sales for July and August 2018. Source: SIA/WSTS.

“Global semiconductor sales continued to bound upward in August, easily outperforming sales from last August and narrowly surpassing last month’s total,” said John Neuffer, CEO of the SIA, in a statement. “While year-to-year growth has moderated somewhat in recent months, sales remain strong across every major semiconductor product category and regional market, with the China and Americas markets standing out with the largest year-year growth.”

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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