Global semiconductor sales up 9.2% in January 2007

Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 9.2% in January 2007, boosted by better-than-expected cell phone shipments and strong sales of personal computers, digital cameras and music players, an industry group said on Monday. Chip sales were $21.47 bln in January 2007, up from $19.66 bln in January 2006, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. Sales for the month showed a seasonal 1.2% decline from December 2006.