European semi sales flat in July
European sales of semiconductors were essentially flat in July compared to June, WSTS reported yesterday.
The European market performed better that the US market (down by 3.9%), while Japan and China showed remarkable growth over the previous month (5.4% and 6.1% respectively). All figures represent a three month rolling average.
Main drivers to July’s European sales were discrete semiconductors, analog integrated circuits designed for and used in communication applications, memories and the MOS Micro category.
ADIC sales also grew positively in July, mostly as a result of a strong increase in ICs used in consumer, wired communications and automotive applications.
Overall, European semiconductor sales in July 2012 amounted to $2.8bn. On a yearly basis semiconductor sales declined by 10%. On a YTD basis semiconductor sales declined by 12.9 % versus the same period in the year 2011.
The exchange rate of the euro compared to the US dollar has again widened its impact at the European sales picture in the last month. Measured in euro, semiconductor sales were €2.246bn in July 2012, up 2.3% on the previous month and up 2.9% versus the same month a year ago.
On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in July 2012 were $24bn, up 0.2% versus the previous month. This results in a decrease of 4.2% versus the same month in 2012.