facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Global mobile phone sales decline

Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM   |   Comments

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Global sales of mobile phones declined in 2012 compared with the previous year, a U.S. research firm has reported.

Research company Gartner, based in Stamford, Conn., said 1.75 billion mobile handsets had been sold, a 1.7 percent decline from 2011.

"Tough economic conditions" had been partly responsible for the decline in sales, Gartner analysts said.

The data also suggested a weakening demand for feature phones -- lower-end devices with limited functionality -- led to the drop, although smartphone sales had seen a 38.3 percent year-on-year gain over the fourth quarter.

The lead in smartphones continued to be a see-saw battle between Apple and Samsung, researchers said.

"There is no manufacturer that can firmly lay claim to the No. 3 spot," Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta told the BBC.

"Their direct competitors, including those with comparable products, struggle to achieve the same brand appreciation among consumers."

The overall decline in sales marked the first time the market had contracted since 2009, Gupta said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Wisconsin shuts down three wolf hunting zones, two remain open Wisconsin shuts down three wolf hunting zones, two remain open
2
Harvard scientist startled by giant bird-eating spider on rainforest walk Harvard scientist startled by giant bird-eating spider on rainforest walk
3
Earth's magnetic field may soon flip, according to new data Earth's magnetic field may soon flip, according to new data
4
Three Mars probes hide behind planet, avoid comet debris Three Mars probes hide behind planet, avoid comet debris
5
Soda drinkers may be slowly killing themselves Soda drinkers may be slowly killing themselves
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback