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Mobile Market Sees Positive Growth

Up 4.7%

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Worldwide shipments of cell phones in the second quarter increased 4.7 percent compared to the first, according to a report from iSuppli.

The growth marked the first successive increase for the market since the third quarter of 2008. Global shipments reached 265 million units in the second quarter, up from 253 million in the first.

"The moderate increase indicates the worldwide mobile handset market is bottoming out and now is returning to growth," said Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications for iSuppli.

"Much of the growth was generated by two emerging regions: the Middle East and Latin America. Furthermore, several aggressive promotional campaigns boosted sales in North America, with regional shipments rising by 8 percent during the period."

Preliminary Global Mobile Handset Shipments

The increase in shipments is positive news for the handset industry that has experienced nine months of decline. Shipments dipped 0.3 percent in the third quarter of 2008, by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year and by 16.4 percent in the first quarter of 2009. By the first quarter of 2009, shipments had fallen by 58 million units compared to before the downturn in the second quarter of 2008.

 Shipments are set to rise by 6 percent to 280 million in the third quarter and by 8.3 percent to 304 million in the fourth. Even with the quarter-to-quarter increases, annual shipments are still expected to be down 9.9 percent in 2009, with the total for the year amounting to 1.1 billion units, down from 1.23 billion in 2008.

The best performance in the second quarter was posted by South Korea’s LG Electronics. LG’s mobile shipments increased to 29 million units in the second quarter, up 31 percent form 22 million units in the first quarter. Company market share rose by 2.3 points to 11.2 percent.

"LG strong performance in the second quarter was due to its success in emerging regions, including the Middle East and Africa," Teng said. "The company also managed to orient its product mix to more profitable handsets including new touch-screen devices."

Mobile Market Sees Positive Growth
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  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk adrian

    Good news that LG are performing so well! I like how they make affordable mobile phones – that can do many functions of an Ipod device – with out the Apple price tag! Showing that the consumer doesn’t have to pay over the odd prices to experience newer technologies such as touch screen.

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    Good Performance from LG. Managing its product to more profitable hand sets is good start. Also we find good improvement int he third quarter.

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    I totally belive in LG all products and truly worth it to buy.
    mobile phones performance is good.

    Now the world is growing toward Mobilization rather Globalization. In the World of Mobilization your mobile has be updated (technologies, features, and many other aspects.) to stay connect with the world.

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    It’s a good news for mobile producer.

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