Worldwide semiconductor sales grew 7.6% in July 2008 compared to July 2007. The growth is attributable to strength in cellphone and PC sales in particular.
SIA Global reported that world semiconductor unit sales are up 8% over a year ago, driven largely by a 12.9% increase in Asia-Pacific. June semiconductor sales were up .5% y-o-y, but were 12% y-o-y when memory chips are excluded.
KLAC beat analyst earnings estimates and had an 11% profits increase over the previous quarter.