Global semiconductor sales to reach $232.7 bln in 2005

iSuppli projects global semiconductor sales to reach $232.7 bln in 2005, up 2.4% from $227.2 bln in 2004. For 2006, sales are projected to rise 4.3% to $242.8 bln. The firm previously projected a 5.9% sales increase in 2005, followed by a 3.9% increase in 2006.