In September the same statistic was down 2.8 percent and in August the same down by 3.0 percent. The global year-to-date figure is still positive at 1.1 percent, but despite gradual improvement it appears that the calendar year is on course to be flat.

Three-month average sales by regions in October, September 2015. Source: ESIA/WSTS.

The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in October was $28.95 billion, a decrease of 2.5 percent from October 2014. The same figure was up 1.9 percent compared with the September 2015 three-month average of $28.41 billion.


Regionally the all the regions showed year-on-year decreases of sales with the exception of Asia-Pacific (growth of 1.5 percent) and China (growth of 5.7 percent), which is also counted within Asia-Pacific. As the Asia-Pacific region is more than half and China is more than one quarter of the global chip market, these regions have greater impact than others on the global average.

Japan and Europe continue to be the poorest performing regions, partly due to currency exchange rate weakness. For example; the European region saw its three-month average of sales in October decline by 9.4 percent in US dollar terms, but recorded 4.8 percent market growth when the same figures were accounted for in Euros.

Monthly data is given by the ESIA as a three-month average, although the WSTS organization tracks actual monthly data. The ESIA 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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