07 November 2012 Chip sales up slightly in September Chip sales up slightly in September Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.79billion in September - a 2% increase from August, which saw sales of $24.3bn. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), sales from the third quarter of 2012 totalled $74.4bn – a 1.8% jump compared to the previous quarter – but total 2012 sales were down 4.7% compared to the same time last year. Brian Toohey, SIA president and ceo said: "Semiconductor sales increased from August to September and from Q2 to Q3 as the industry continued to exhibit relative steadiness in a choppy global economy. But the global industry remains behind last year's pace due to lingering economic headwinds. Regionally, sales increased by 5.8% in the Americas on a sequential monthly basis, marking the region's largest increase since May 2010. Sales also increased from August to September in Asia Pacific (1.6%), Europe (0.7%) and Japan (0.2%), but all four regions lagged behind September 2011 sales. "On a regional basis, the Americas were particularly encouraging, posting the largest monthly increase in more than two years," Toohey added. Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites http://www.sia-online.org/ This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.