Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached US$98.2 billion during the second quarter of 2019, a small increase of 0.3% over the previous quarter, but 16.8% less than the second quarter of last year, according to SIA. Sales for June were US$32.7 billion, down 0.9% on month and 16.8% from the same period in 2018. Sales during the first half of 2019 were 14.5% lower than they were through the same point in 2018, SIA indicated.

“At the midpoint of 2019, the global semiconductor market remains in a period of decreased sales, with revenues through June lagging the mid-year totals from last year by nearly 15%,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “Year-to-year sales were down across all major regional markets and semiconductor product categories. One silver lining was that sales during the second quarter of 2019 narrowly outpaced sales during the first quarter.”

Regionally, June sales increased on a month-to-month basis in Japan (2.6%), but decreased 0.7% in the Americas, 0.7% in Asia Pacific/All Other, 1.5% in China, and 2.6% in Europe. On a year-to-year basis, sales were down across all regional markets.