Market Analysis

Electronic components sales sentiment slips in May

The May ECST survey results from ECIA reveal a notable slip in sales sentiment as the May index saw a loss of roughly 70% of the gains achieved in April.

Despite a drop of nearly 12 index points, the overall score still registered a solid 112.3 and delivered the fourth consecutive month of positive overall sales sentiment.

“Survey respondents expect the sales environment will claw back a significant amount of lost ground in June to reach an index score of nearly 120,” explained ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford. “While the May results are certainly not what had been hoped for and projected in the April ECST survey, the ECST survey results still point to a solid start for Electronics Component sales in the first half of 2024 with fairly consistent, month-to-month improvements for six months following a low of 77.8 in December.”

The ECST survey provides highly valuable and detailed visibility on industry expectations in the near-term through the monthly and quarterly surveys. This ‘immediate’ perspective is helpful to participants up and down the electronics components supply chain. In the long-term, ECIA shares in the optimism for the future as the continued introduction and market adoption of exciting innovative technologies should motivate both corporate and consumer demand for next-generation products over the long term.

The complete ECIA Electronic Component Sales Trends (ECST) Report is delivered to all ECIA members as well as others who participate in the survey. All participants in the electronics component supply chain are invited and encouraged to participate in the report so they can see the highly valuable insights provided by the ECST report.

The monthly and quarterly ECST reports present data in detailed tables and figures with multiple perspectives and covering current sales expectations, sales outlook, product cancellations, product decommits and product lead times. The data is presented at a detailed level for six major electronic component categories, six semiconductor subcategories and eight end markets. Also, survey results are segmented by aggregated responses from manufacturers, distributors, and manufacturer representatives.