The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.28 billion for the month of January 2014. This was an increase of 8.8% from January 2013 when sales reached $24.15 billion, meaning this was the industry's highest-ever January sales total.
Global sales from January 2014 were 1.4% lower than the December 2013 total of $26.65 billion which reflects normal seasonal trends.
“The global semiconductor industry has built on its record revenues from 2013 with an impressive start to 2014, led largely by continued strength in the Americas market,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Sales in January were up across most regions and nearly all product categories compared to last January, which bodes well for continued growth during the rest of 2014.”
Regionally, year-over-year sales increased in the Americas by 17.3%, Europe by 11.3%, and Asia Pacific by 8.3%, but decreased in Japan by -4.7%. Sales were flat in Europe compared to the previous month, but decreased slightly in Asia Pacific by -0.6%, Japan by -2.3%, and the Americas by -3.5%.
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