June 1, 2009

Global Chip Sales Rise In April

In April, global semiconductor sales rose 6.4 percent to $15.6 billion from March, helped by moderate improvements in a number of end-demand drivers and inventory replenishment.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that the PC market has been stronger than predicted earlier in the year, which is a major consumer of semiconductor.

"Consensus forecasts currently project that PC unit sales in 2009 will decline by about 6 percent compared to earlier forecasts of a decline in the range of 12 percent," said SIA President George Scalise.

Cell phone unit sales are expected to drop 7 percent, compared to an earlier forecast of falling 15 percent for the year.

Scalise said that PCs and cell phones are about 60 percent of all semiconductor consumption.

"Two consecutive months of sequential sales growth may be an indication of a return to more normal seasonal sales patterns in some market sectors, albeit at lower sales levels than last year," he added.


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