Worldwide semiconductor sales fell to US$20.8 billion in November, a decline of 9.8 percent compared with the same month last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported on Friday.
The San Jose, California-based SIA said global sales of semiconductors were 7.2 percent lower in November than the US$22.4 billion in October.
It said that excluding memory chips, which have been suffering from a supply glut, semiconductor sales declined 4.8 percent in November compared with the same month last year — to US$17.3 billion from US$18.2 billion.
Sales for the first 11 months of last year were US$232.7 billion, the SIA said, an increase of 0.2 percent from the first 11 months of 2007. Excluding memory products, year-to-date industry sales increased 5.6 percent, it said.
“The worldwide economic crisis is having an impact on demand for semiconductors, but to a lesser degree than some other major industry sectors,” SIA president George Scalise said. “We expect the industry will remain the second-largest exporter in the US for 2008.”
Scalise said “not all segments of the industry are being affected equally by the downturn.”
“The memory market which has been under severe price pressure throughout the year has seen sales decline significantly while many other product sectors have year to date sales above 2007 levels,” he said.
Market research firm Gartner reported earlier this month that worldwide semiconductor revenue was forecast to drop this year, the first ever back-to-back years of declining sales.
Gartner said worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total US$219.2 billion dollars this year, a 16.3 percent decline from last year revenue.