January Chip Sales Declined Year on Year, Month on Month

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 2, 2009— Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $15.3 billion in January, a decline of 28.6 percent compared to January 2008 sales of $21.5 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Sales declined by 11.9 percent from December 2008 when sales were $17.4 billion.

“Worldwide semiconductor sales in January, historically a relatively weak month for the industry, reflected a continuing erosion of consumer confidence and the effects of the global economic recession,” said SIA President George Scalise. “Sales declined across the entire range of semiconductor products, as sales of important demand drivers such as personal computers, cell phones, automobiles and consumer items remained under pressure.

“Inventory levels are very low and there are some signs that forward visibility is improving,” Scalise concluded.

SIA said the Economic Recovery Act recently passed by the Congress and signed by President Obama and measures adopted in other countries have the potential to drive future demand for semiconductors while addressing important issues such as energy, health care, and infrastructure improvements.

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.

January 2009            
Billions            
Month-to-Month Sales            
Market   Last Month   Current Month   % Change
Americas   2.70   2.55   -5.3%
Europe   2.55   2.27   -10.8%
Japan   3.74   3.23   -13.5%
Asia Pacific   8.42   7.27   -13.7%
Total   17.41   15.33   -11.9%
             
Year-to-Year Sales            
Market   Last Year   Current Month   % Change
Americas   3.44   2.55   -25.9%
Europe   3.44   2.27   -33.9%
Japan   4.10   3.23   -21.2%
Asia Pacific   10.49   7.27   -30.7%
Total   21.47   15.33   -28.6%
             
Three-Month-Moving Average Sales            
Market   Aug / Sep / Oct   Nov / Dec / Jan   % Change
Americas   3.21   2.55   -20.4%
Europe   3.42   2.27   -33.5%
Japan   4.23   3.23   -23.6%
Asia Pacific   11.64   7.27   -37.5%
Total   22.49   15.33   -31.8%

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