Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Strong May Semi Sales
European semiconductor sales in May at $3.125 billion were 2.1% up on April, reports the ESIA. Compared to May 2013, sales are up 10.1%. The first five months of the year are 9.6% above the sales for the first five months of 2013.
Strong demand was reported in the areas of Discrete, Total Analog, Total Logic, Total MOS Micro and Optoelectronics.
Sales of application specific chips were also positive in May over April.
The wireless market continues to be the strongest end market, and a brisk growth could be observed in the sales of devices designed for consumer and wired communication applications.
On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in May 2014 were $26.862 billion, up 2.0% versus April, and up 8.8% versus May 2013.
In May, exchange rate effects continued affecting the European sales picture when comparing market growth in Euros and in Dollars.
Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales were 2.266 billion Euros in May 2014, plus 1.9% versus the previous month and an increase of 3.7% versus the same month a year ago.