Global handset sales figures up 14% year-on-year

Global mobile handset sales reached 257.4 million units in 1Q07, representing a 14% annual increase according to results published by business analyst firm Gartner.

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By  Ronan Shields Published  June 4, 2007

Global mobile handset sales reached 257.4 million units in 1Q07, representing a 14% annual increase according to results published by business analyst firm Gartner.

Nokia led the market in 1Q07, registering 92 million sales, compared to 76 million for the year-ago period, equating to a 35.7% market share.

Motorola maintained its position at the head of the chasing pack with a sales total of 47.8 million for the quarter, up from 46 million for the year earlier period, giving it an 18.5% market share.

Samsung accounted for 12.5% of global handset sales during the quarter, running at third position with sales of 32 million handsets, compared to 28 million in 1Q06.

Sony Ericsson continued to hold its lead over LG in fourth position after displacing the South Korean vendor in late 2006. The joint venture vendor registered an impressive year with its sales of 22 million handsets in 1Q07, up from 13 million in 1Q06, helping it to register an 8.4% market share.

LG's mobile handset division registered sales of 16 million during 1Q07, up from 15 million during the year-ago period, with the vendor's sales performance giving it a 6.2% global market share.

Sales in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe reached 43.9 million units during the surveyed period representing a 6% annual increase, with the report noting that strong sales in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Egypt contributed significantly to the trend.

Strong demand in the Asia Pacific region was also noted, particularly in the Chinese and Japanese markets, which were the strongest drivers in the overall market.

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