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Smartphone sales up 16% in Q2

09 сентября 2008

Research firm Gartner Inc. Monday said 32.2 million smartphones were sold in the second-quarter this year, a 15.7% increase from the year-earlier period, but flat compared to the first-quarter this year.

The growth in sales of smartphones continues to slow, weighed by the weakening economy and slowing consumer demand. Last year's second-quarter smartphone sales saw robust growth of 55% on year.

"The current economic environment continues to negatively impact the market, limiting consumer spending and replacement purchases in general," said Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner.

She said wider availability of new touch smartphone models together with the global introduction of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3G will help sales of smartphones return to stronger growth in the third quarter of 2008.
Smartphone sales made up 11% of total device sales in the quarter.

She said the
North America market grew 78.7% year on year during the quarter, making up for nearly 25% of the global smartphone sales.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew 21% in the quarter, while
Western Europe drove much of the growth in the region with a 29.3% increase.
Sales in the Asian/Pacific market fell 4.8%, while sales in Japan fell 24%.

Finnish mobile phone goliath Nokia Corp. kept its top position with 46.5% smartphone market share, although it is facing increased competition.  

Источник: Total Telecom

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