SAN JOSE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - November 2, 2006 - "Worldwide sales of semiconductors in September once again achieved a new high as electronic equipment manufacturers geared up for the fourth-quarter holiday season," said George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). "Global chip sales rose to $21.4 billion, an increase of 9.3 percent from September 2005, and a 4.2 increase from the $20.5 billion reported in August 2006. Strong demand for consumer products, including cell phones, MP3 players, and personal computers were major drivers of increased chip sales."
Global semiconductor sales in the third quarter of 2006 were $64.1 billion compared to $59.3 billion in the second quarter of this year, an increase of 8 percent. For the first nine months of 2006, sales totaled $154 billion -- an increase of 8.5 percent from the $142 billion reported for the first nine months of 2005.
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