WASHINGTON — Worldwide sales of semiconductors fell 6.2% year-over-year in February, the industry trade group Semiconductor Industry Association said.

The three-month moving average sales for the month were $26 billion, down 3.2% sequentially.

Sales into the Americas fell sharply, decreasing 19.3% year-on-year, while China's sales increased 3.5%.

“Global semiconductor sales slipped somewhat in February, due to normal seasonal trends, demand softening and unfavorable macroeconomic conditions,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “Most regional markets have struggled to overcome these headwinds, and sales have dipped across the majority of semiconductor product categories.”

Regionally, sales decreased nearly across the board: China (-4.6% month-to-month/+3.5% year-to-year), Europe (-0.9% /-6.3%), Japan (-0.8% /-3.5%), Asia Pacific/all other (-0.7%/-6.3%), and the Americas (-7% / -19.3%).

Sales also decreased across most major semiconductor product categories, with the notable exception of microprocessors, which increased 3.4%.

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