The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced global semiconductor sales were $14.7 billion in March, up 3.3 percent from the month before. Chip sales seem to be slightly rebounding, but are still down 29.9 percent year-over-year.
Sales for the first quarter of 2009 amounted to $44.0 billion, a 29.9 percent decline from the first quarter of 2008 when sales were $62.8 billion. Sales declined by 15.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008 when sales were $52.2 billion.
All regions except Japan showed month-on-month gains. Sales in Japan, at $2.52 billion were down 9.4 percent, while the Americas was up 5.1 percent to $ 2.58 billion, Europe up 3.1 percent to $2.18 billion, and the Asia Pacific region up 7.8 percent to $7.38 billion.