This was the result of a declining market for chips used in mobile handsets and enterprise servers.

Intel’s semiconductor sales revenue reached $18.4 billion in the fourth quarter, compared to $15.8 billion for Samsung. While quarter-over-quarter Intel semiconductor sales declined by 2.3 percent in 4Q18, Samsung’s fell 24.9 percent, IHS Markit reported.

Top ten chip vendors ranked by 4Q18 revenue ($millions). Source IHS Markit.

Intel last held a quarterly lead in semiconductor sales in the second quarter of 2017. Samsung overtook Intel in the third quarter of 2017, due to a shortage of memory chips used in the growing cell phone and server markets, which Samsung was able to fill.

Samsung annual semiconductor revenue rose 20.3 percent, year over year, reaching $74.6 billion in 2018 while Intel’s semiconductor revenue increased by 13.4 percent, to reach $69.9 billion. But 87 percent of Samsung’s chip sales are memories compared to just 6 percent for Intel.

The overall semiconductor market declined 10.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, with all market applications and market device segments shrinking said IHS Markit.

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