February Chip Sales Declined Year on Year, Month on Month
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February Chip Sales Declined Year on Year, Month on Month

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 3, 2009— Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $14.2 billion in February, a decline of 30.4 percent compared to February 2008 sales of $20.3 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Sales declined by 7.6 percent from January when sales were $15.3 billion.

“The global semiconductor industry is going through one of the steepest corrections in its history,” said SIA President George Scalise. “While it would be premature to conclude that the sales decline has hit bottom, there are some indications that the rate of decline has moderated from the final quarter of 2008. The industry responded quickly to the changing market environment by curtailing production and reducing inventory as demand slowed in late 2008. The world’s two largest foundry manufacturers have recently reported slight improvements in factory utilization rates, albeit at levels well below those of a year ago,” Scalise continued.

“Demand for semiconductors is likely to continue well below 2008 levels for the next few quarters, with a gradual recovery to follow as the global economy recovers,” Scalise concluded.

About the SIA Global Sales Report

The SIA Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, an independent, non-profit organization established by the global semiconductor industry to compile industry statistics. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to differences in companies’ financial calendars.

February 2009            
Billions            
Month-to-Month Sales            
Market   Last Month   Current Month   % Change
Americas   2.54   2.45   -3.7%
Europe   2.27   2.11   -6.9%
Japan   3.23   2.79   -13.8%
Asia Pacific   7.29   6.82   -6.5%
Total   15.34   14.17   -7.6%
             
Year-to-Year Sales            
Market   Last Year   Current Month   % Change
Americas   3.26   2.45   -24.9%
Europe   3.31   2.11   -36.1%
Japan   3.97   2.79   -29.8%
Asia Pacific   9.81   6.82   -30.5%
Total   20.35   14.17   -30.4%
             
Three-Month-Moving Average Sales            
Market   Sep / Oct / Nov   Dec / Jan / Feb   % Change
Americas   3.08   2.45   -20.5%
Europe   3.17   2.11   -33.3%
Japan   4.05   2.79   -31.2%
Asia Pacific   10.57   6.82   -35.5%
Total   20.87   14.17   -32.1%

About the SIA

The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of approximately 200,000 people. The semiconductor industry is America’s second-largest exporting industry. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.

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