Semiconductor Industry Saw Less-than-expected Drop in 2009 as Strong Focus on Inventories Pays Off

San Jose, CA — February 3, 2010 — Worldwide semiconductor sales fell by just 9 percent in 2009 against the year before, marking less of a drop than might have been expected, given the economic turmoil that roiled the markets last year, according to a new report from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Semi sales tallied $226.3 billion last year, down from 2008 sales of $248.6 billion. Total sales for 2009 surpassed the SIA forecast of $219.7 billion.