WASHINGTON — Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $37.7 billion in November, up 21.5% from the previous year.

Sales rose 1.6% from the final October figure of $37.1 billion, said the Semiconductor Industry Association. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.

All major regional markets posted both year-to-year and month-to-month sales increases in November, with the Americas market leading the way.

“The global semiconductor industry reached another key milestone in November, notching its highest-ever monthly sales, and appears poised to reach $400 billion in annual sales for the first time,” said SIA president and CEO John Neuffer. “Global market growth continues to be led by sales of memory products, but sales of all other major semiconductor categories also increased both month-to-month and year-to-year in November. All regional markets also experienced growth in November, with the Americas continuing to post the strongest gains.”

Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in the Americas (40.2%), Europe (18.8%), China (18.5%), Asia Pacific/other (16.2%), and Japan (10.6%). Month-to-month sales increased in the Americas (2.6%), China (2.1%), Europe (1.8%), Asia Pacific/other (0.5%), and Japan (0.3%).

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