Year-to-year global sales increase by largest margin in nearly three years; sales in Americas up 17.3 percent compared to last January



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Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest-Ever January Sales

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor Industry

Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor

manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of

semiconductors reached $26.28 billion for the month of January 2014,

an increase of 8.8 percent from January 2013 when sales were $24.15

billion, marking the industry's highest-ever January sales total and

the largest year-to-year increase in nearly three years. Global sales

from January 2014 were 1.4 percent lower than the December 2013 total

of $26.65 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends. Regionally,

sales in the Americas increased by 17.3 percent compared to last

January. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World

Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a

three-month moving average.

"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 (17.3

percent), Europe (11.3 percent), and Asia Pacific (8.3 percent), but

decreased in Japan (-4.7 percent). Sales were flat in Europe compared

to the previous month, but decreased slightly in Asia Pacific (-0.6

percent), Japan (-2.3 percent), and the Americas (-3.5 percent).

January sales historically are lower than December sales due to

seasonal trends.

To find out how to purchase the WSTS Subscription Package, which

includes comprehensive monthly semiconductor sales data and detailed

WSTS Forecasts, please visit

http://www.semiconductors.org/industry\_statistics/wsts\_subscription\_package/.

About SIA

January 2014

Billions

Month-to-Month Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change

Americas 5.80 5.59 -3.5%

Europe 2.96 2.96 0.0%

Japan 2.93 2.86 -2.3%

Asia Pacific 14.96 14.87 -0.6%

Total 26.65 26.28 -1.4%

Year-to-Year Sales

Market Last Year Current Month % Change

Americas 4.77 5.59 17.3%

Europe 2.66 2.96 11.3%

Japan 3.00 2.86 -4.7%

Asia Pacific 13.72 14.87 8.3%

Total 24.15 26.28 8.8%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market Aug/Sept/Oct Nov/Dec/Jan % Change

Americas 5.71 5.59 -2.1%

Europe 3.05 2.96 -3.0%

Japan 3.11 2.86 -8.0%

Asia Pacific 15.22 14.87 -2.3%

Total 27.09 26.28 -3.0%

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S.

semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a

key driver of America's economic strength, national security and

global competitiveness. Semiconductors - microchips that control all

modern electronics - enable the systems and products that we use to

work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness,

and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry

directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In

2013, U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $155 billion, and

semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry

possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA

unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's

semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to

strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing

by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry

stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel

innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn

more at www.semiconductors.org.

About WSTS

World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) is an independent

non-profit organization representing the vast majority of the world

semiconductor industry. The mission of WSTS is to be the respected

source of semiconductor market data and forecasts. Founded in 1986,

WSTS is the singular source for monthly industry shipment statistics.

Media Contact Dan Rosso Semiconductor Industry Association

drosso@sia-online.org 202-446-1719

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