European Semiconductor market continues to perform well in August
Sep 30, 2004
The growth of the European market for semiconductors decelerated slightly in August, in line with the overall market trend developing around the world. European market growth is at similar levels as those of the Americas and Japanese markets, but continues to be outpaced by the Asia Pacific region. Specifically, semiconductors for wireless communications and computer continued to show good performance in August. All in all, 2004 is promising to be a year of solid growth.
European Semiconductor sales in August 2004 amounted to US$ 3.215 billion according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), up +1.6% versus the previous month. This corresponds to a +26.4% increase compared to the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, semiconductor sales increased by +26.6% versus the same period in 2003.
The exchange rate of the Euro compared to the US$ has still a significant impact on the growth data at this time. Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales in July were EURO 2.608 billion, an increase of +0.8% versus previous month and an increase of +21.5% versus the same month a year ago. On a year-to-date basis, semiconductor sales increased by +14.4% versus the same period in 2003.
On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in August were US$ 18.205 billion, up +1.1% versus the previous month. This results in an increase of +34.2% versus the same month in 2003 and on a year-to-date basis results in a growth rate of +35.0%.