In April 2017, sales of semiconductor in Europe amounted to US$ 2.978 bilion, an increase of 12.7% compared to the same month in 2016, the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) reported on June 3 on the basis of the latest WSTS results. The figures confirm Europe’s year-on-year steady growth trajectory that began in January 2017. ESIA also reports positive growth month-on-month in Europe, or an increase of 0.5% in April comparared to March.
The main drivers of April’s European sales were microcontrollers (up 2.2% compared to March), discretes (up 1.9%), memories and optoelectronics (both up 1.7%), and logic chips (up 1.5%).
On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in April were US$ 31.299 bilion, up 1.3% versus the previous month and up 20.9% versus the same month in 2016. All growth figures represent a three-month rolling average.
In April, the exchange rate effects were more significant than in previous months when comparing market growth in Euro and in Dollar. Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales were 2.789 bilion Euro in April 2017, up 0.3% versus the previous month and an increase of 18% versus the same month a year ago. On a year-to-date basis, semiconductor sales increased by 16.6%.
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