In June last year the WSTS had forecast growth of 12.4 percent to 463 billion dollars, in autumn the forecast was raised to an increase of 15.7 percent to 477 billion dollars. The final result was 13.7 percent and a volume of 468.8 billion dollars.
The first forecast for this year already looks much worse: The WSTS assumes a decline of 3 percent to 454.5 billion dollars. Sales are expected to decline in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions. While storage has been the biggest sales driver in the last two years, this year they are the biggest losers: From the point of view of the WSTS specialists, they have to prepare for a decrease of 14.2 percent, while all other products are expected to grow in the single-digit range.
Slight growth is expected again in 2020.