As reported by the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors reached 30.9 billion dollar for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1 percent compared to the March 2016 total of 26.2 billion and 1.6 percent more than the February 2017 total of 30.4 billion. Sales from the first quarter of 2017 were 92.6 billion, up 18.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016 but down 0.4 percent compared to the last quarter of 2016. “Global semiconductor sales saw solid growth in March, increasing sharply compared to last year and more modestly compared to last month – said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association -. Global sales are up 18 percent compared to last year, the largest increase since October 2010, with all major regional markets posting double-digit year-to-year growth. All major semiconductor product categories also experienced year-to-year growth, with memory products continuing to lead the way”. Year-to-year sales increased across all regions: China (26.7 percent), the Americas (21.9 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (11.9 percent), Europe (11.1 percent), and Japan (10.7 percent). Month-to-month sales increased in Europe (5.0 percent), Japan (3.6 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (2.9 percent), and China (0.2 percent), but decreased slightly in the Americas (-0.5 percent).