Reading time ( words)
Sales of semiconductors in Europe reached USD 2.817 billion in August 2015, reports the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA). This figure represents a slight decrease compared to the USD 2.835 billion recorded in July and is in line with worldwide developments in August. On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in August were USD 27.731 billion, down 0.5% from July. All growth figures represent a three month rolling average.
MOS microprocessors units and memories (especially DRAM and NAND Flash memories) drove the August sales in Europe, showing steady growth compared to July. Looking at sales of application specific chips worldwide, semiconductor devices designed to be used in consumer and computer applications performed particularly well, growing by 5.8% and 1% respectively in August compared to the previous month.
Exchange rate effects were still visible in August when comparing market growth in Euros and in Dollars. Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales were EUR 2.534 billion in August 2015, down 0.5% compared to July and an increase of 6.3% versus the same month a year ago.