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Mobile Phone Sales Fall, Smartphones Grow in 2Q 2009
Aug 14, 2009
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Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 286.1 million units in 2Q 2009, a 6.1% decrease from 2Q 2008, according to Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales surpassed 40 million units, a 27% increase from the same period last year, representing the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market.

Nokia maintained its leadership position, followed by Samsung and LG, which had sales of 55 million units and 30.5 million units, respectively. Motorola's sales of 15.9 million units were better than expected, but its presence has rapidly concentrated on the Americas, Gartner said, and it has lost most of its share of the Western European market, where it sold fewer than 1 million units in 2Q 2009. Sony Ericsson's market share dropped 2.8 percentage points year-on-year in the second quarter of 2009 but its volume dropped 41%.

Apple had sales of 5.4 million units, a 509% growth in shipments of smartphones, followed by HTC. It reported lower expectations for the second half of 2009 due to product delays and now expects 2009 revenue to decline by low- to mid-single digits year-on-year, far below its previous outlook of 10% annual growth.

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