The European semiconductor market remains weak in 2012, according to the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS).
Sales in the second quarter dropped further against a record 2011 quarter, with DMASS reporting a decline of consolidated sales of 14.7 per cent to €1.46bn (£1.15bn).
Romania, Israel and Russia grew in double-digit terms, while the rest of eastern Europe remained slightly positive. In western Europe, France (-9.8 per cent), the UK (-10.3 per cent), Benelux (-11.4 per cent) and Iberia (-13.8 per cent) reported a decline that was under-proportional, while Nordic countries (-18 per cent), Germany (-21.9 per cent) and Italy (-24.3 per cent) dropped more than average.
The top five countries in sales were Germany (€472m [£369m]), Italy (€139m), the UK (€124m), France (€110m) and Russia (€65m).