Germany leads demand as sales of semiconductors grow by 5.3%

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The latest figures from DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists, show sales of semiconductors through distribution channels grew by 5.3% in Q2 2014 to €1.6billion, with growth in most major regions.

Georg Steinberger, DMASS' chairman, noted: "Our market seems to have reached a solid growth level in the +5% range. Particularly encouraging is the fact that Germany, after a few weak quarters, is back on track with a healthy 11% increase over CY13. For DMASS in total, the first half of CY14 ended at 6.6% growth, to €3.2bn. We are pretty certain the full year will end positive." Germany and Eastern Europe (not including Russia) led the growth with sales of €512m (+11% over Q2 2013) and €183m (+10.2%) respectively. Sales in the UK grew by 7.3% to €131m and those in Italy grew by 3.7% to €161m. However, France saw sales drop by 2.6% to €122m and Nordic sales were 8.7% lower at €141m. Steinberger added: "Over the last six months, the picture has stabilised somewhat, but some risks remain. We do not know yet the impact of the sanctions against Russia in our market, although Russia only contributes 4% to the DMASS total." In terms of products, demand for optoelectronics grew by 13.5% and discrete components by 13.6%. Sales of power products were 8.2% higher than in Q2 2013, whilst revenues from analogue components were 9.5% higher. However, programmable logic sales declined by 6.9%.