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Factoid of the Day Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $35.0 billion in August, up 24.1% from the $28.2 billion sold in August 2016 and up 4.2% from the $33.6 billion sold in July 2017, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). It marked the first time that sales reached $35 billion. On a year-over-year basis, the percent change in region/country semiconductor sales were as follows (August): the Americas (39.0%); China (23.3%); Asia Pacific/All Other (19.5%); Europe (18.8%); and Japan (16.7%). Year-to-date through 10/17/17, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index posted a total return of 36.88%, compared to 31.53% for the S&P 500 Information Technology Index and 16.07% for the S&P 500 Index, according to Bloomberg.
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