According to the SIA (the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association), worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $85.2 billion during the third quarter of 2015. This total marks an increase of 1.5% compared to the previous quarter, but it is 2.8% lower than the third quarter of last year. Considering the month of September, global sales were $28.4 billion, 1.9% more than previous month’s sales, but 2.8% less than sales from September 2014. “Global semiconductor sales showed signs of resilience in September, increasing compared to the previous month across all regional markets for the first time in more than a year – commented John Neuffer, president and CEO of Semiconductor Industry Association -. However, softening demand and currency devaluation caused year-to-year sales to dip for the third straight month”. Regionally, in September 2015 sales were up compared to the previous month in the Americas (4%), China (2.6%), Europe (2.2%), Japan (0.5%) and Asia Pacific/All other (0.1%). Year-to-year sales increased in China (5%), but decreased in Asia Pacific/All other (-3.5%), the Americas (-3.9%), Europe (-10.6%), and Japan (-11.4%).