Semiconductor Sales Declines to $20.8 Billion in November

Worldwide sales of semiconductors declined in November to $20.8 billion, a decline of 9.8 percent from November 2007 when sales were $23.1 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Sales were 7.2 percent lower than the $22.4 billion in October 2008. Excluding memory products from the calculation shows a slower year-on-year decline of 4.8 percent to $17.3 billion from $18.2 billion. Sales for the first 11 months of 2008 were $232.7 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent from the first 11 months of 2007 when sales were $232.2 billion. Excluding memory products, year-to-date industry sales increased 5.6 percent.

“The worldwide economic crisis is having an impact on demand for semiconductors, but to a lesser degree than some other major industry sectors. We expect the industry will remain the second largest exporter in the U.S. for 2008,” said SIA President George Scalise. “Not all segments of the industry are being affected equally by the downturn. The memory market which has been under severe price pressure throughout the year has seen sales decline significantly while many other product sectors have year to date sales above 2007 levels,” Scalise added.

Scalise noted that the SIA has urged Congressional leaders to move quickly to pass legislation that will strengthen consumer confidence and stimulate government and industry investment that will drive near term economic growth.

About the SIA Global Sales Report
The SIA Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, an independent, non-profit organization established by the global semiconductor industry to compile industry statistics. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to differences in companies’ financial calendars.

November 2008 (Billions)

Month-to-Month Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.21 3.08 -4.0%
Europe 3.42 3.17 -7.3%
Japan 4.24 4.06 -4.0%
Asia Pacific 11.60 10.53 -9.3%
Total 22.47 20.84 -7.2%

Year-to-Year Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.83 3.08 -19.5%
Europe 3.68 3.17 -13.9%
Japan 4.39 4.06 -7.3%
Asia Pacific 11.23 10.53 -6.2%
Total 23.12 20.84 -9.9%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market Jun / Jul / Aug Sep / Oct / Nov % Change
Americas 3.32 3.08 -7.3%
Europe 3.45 3.17 -8.0%
Japan 4.22 4.06 -3.7%
Asia Pacific 11.72 10.53 -10.2%
Total 22.71 20.84 -8.2%

About the SIA
The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of 216,000 people. The semiconductor industry is America’s second-largest exporter. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.