Euro semi sales hit $ 2.87 billion in May
European semiconductor sales reached USD 2.873 billion in May 2015, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
This sets the European semiconductor market essentially at the same levels of the previous month, however there were some remarkable areas of strength in May, with increased demand in key applications. This resulted in strong growth in several important product categories in May over April. In particular, sales of discrete semiconductor devices were up 3.7% from April, diodes up 5% and optoelectronics up 6.7%.
In addition, if measured in Euros, the European market showed very strong growth compared to the same month one year ago, while decreasing substantially when measured in Dollars. This illustrates the effect exchange rates dynamics can have on the European sales picture, when comparing market growth in Euros and in Dollars. Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales were EUR 2.631 billion in May 2015, down 0.1% versus the previous month and an increase of 16.4% over April May 2015
Looking at worldwide sales of application specific chips, semiconductor devices designed to be used in automotive, consumer and wireless and wired communication applications performed particularly well, with substantial increase in sales compared to April. On a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in May 2015 were USD 28.201 billion, up 2.1% versus the April, and up 5.1% versus the 2014.