: Chip sales hit a record in 2022, even as a pandemic shortage turned into a glut

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Stock Market

Global semiconductor sales managed to rise slightly to a record high in 2022 even as a two-year pandemic-driven chip shortage flipped to a glut about midyear, slowing down sales dramatically. Sales of chips worldwide rose 3.2% to a record $573.5 billion in 2022, from 2021’s total of $555.9 billion, when they topped a half a trillion dollars for the first time, according to Semiconductor Industry Association on Friday. Chip sales were strong until about mid-2022, when previously optimistic forecasts soured after it became apparent that inventory was beginning to pile up in the channels.

For the fourth quarter, sales declined 14.7% to $130.2 billion from the year-ago period, and 7.7% lower than those from the third quarter of 2022. SIA also said that December sales decreased 4.4% to $43.4 billion from November 2022. “Despite short-term fluctuations in sales due to market cyclicality and macroeconomic conditions, the long-term outlook for the semiconductor market remains incredibly strong, due to the ever-increasing role of chips in making the world smarter, more efficient and better connected,” SIA Chief Executive John Neuffer said in a statement. Read: The world is buying fewer devices, and inventories for PCs, phones and tablets are building Analog chips, the kind most commonly used in vehicles, consumer goods, and computers, scored the best improvement with a 7.5% increase in sales to $89 billion from a year ago, w …

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