Semi sales slip

Global semiconductor sales appear to be sliding according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.

The outfit said that in January sales totaled $23.1 billion, down 2.7 percent from $23.8 billion. It is the first monthly sales report since Intel and AMD stopped reporting data to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program.

January chip sales were down 8.8 percent compared with January 2011, according to WSTS data.

Brian Toohey, the SIA’s president, said in a statement that the month over month revenue decline for January is in line with seasonal patterns. But the industry is coping with a weakened global economy amidst inflation concerns and the European debt crisis which continued to affect sales at the start of the year.

However he added that there are strong signs pointing to recovery and growth as 2012 progresses.

Semiconductor sales are expected to improve due to positive demand drivers, an improved U.S. economic outlook and the resolution to the floods in Thailand, the SIA said.

The SIA was dependent on WSTS data so it is questionable how accurate this is now that Intel and AMD both confirmed last week they had exited the WSTS program.

A spokesperson for the SIA said the WSTS estimated the January sales of AMD and Intel as well as other chip companies that don’t report data. This is technically called making a vague stab at it based on what they have earned before.