Semiconductor Sales Jump to Record $21.9 billion Worldwide in October

Global semiconductor sales set a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month. Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $21.9 billion in October, an increase of 9.2% from October of 2005 figure of $20.1 billion, according to The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Sales increased by 2.5% from last month's $21.4 billion.  

“Sales of personal computers, cell phones, and MP3 players continued to be strong, reflecting the start of the holiday season,” said SIA President George Scalise. “The year-on-year increase in global semiconductor sales was led by robust increases in sales of DRAMs – up by 42 percent from a year ago – and DSPs – up by 11 percent from October 2005. Sales of microprocessors increased by 8 percent sequentially, but declined by 3 percent from a year ago.”

Sales in all geographic regions increased in October, with Europe showing the strongest month-to-month growth at 3.4%. Sales in Asia Pacific including Japan account for over $14 billion of the October sales while Americas and Europe account for little over $3 billion each.

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