Mobile phone sales slip in Q3 2012

Total mobile phone shipments down, but smartphone sales up 46.9% says Gartner

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Mobile phone sales slip in Q3 2012 Mobile phone shipments slipped in Q3, but are expected to recover in the final quarter of 2012.
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 3, 2012

Sales of mobile phones slipped in the third quarter of this year, with worldwide sales of 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from the same quarter last year, according to Gartner.

Smartphone sales increased by 46.9% however, accounting for 39.6% of total mobile phone sales.

Gartner predicts that mobile sales will see an uptick in the fourth quarter, driven by seasonal demand, but it will not be as strong as usual, owing to consumer caution and increased competition with tablets.

“After two consecutive quarter of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both mature and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In China, sales of mobile phones grew driven by sales of smartphones, while demand of feature phones remained weak. In mature markets, we finally saw replacement sales pick up with the launch of new devices in the quarter.”

Total shipments of smartphones reached 169.2 million units in the third quarter with Apple and Samsung together holding 46.5% of the market. Nokia slipped from third place to seventh, in terms of smartphone sales, while RIM took third place and HTC fourth.

“Both HTC and RIM have seen their sales declining in past few quarters, and the challenges might prevent them from holding on to their current rankings in coming quarters,” added Gupta.

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