Global semiconductor sales fell 1.7 percent year-over-year in September, leaving the foundation technology industry down 2.7 percent in the third quarter, according to figures released by the Semiconductor Industry Association.
The group reported improvement during the quarter, as sales grew 2.7 percent from August to September and gained 3.5 percent from the second quarter to the three-months ending Sept. 30.
“September’s global sales demonstrate an optimistic close to the third quarter,” said Brian Toohey, the SIA’s president. “While global economic uncertainty creates limited visibility for the remainder of the year, recent positive indicators and developments in the U.S. and Europe are encouraging.”
The strongest sequential improvement came in Japan, where the recovery from the natural disasters in March pushed sales up 14.9 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter.
But sales in Japan, Europe and the Americas were down in September compared to the same month a year ago.