11/5/2008 5:01:00 PM
Economic downturn hits mobile shipments
Mobile phone shipments to Western Europe were down 8% in the third quarter this year compared to the same period last year, according to analyst firm IDC.
Nokia’s European shipments were down 19% year on year, with 16 million phones shipped in 3Q this year compared to 2007. The company lost market share to Samsung, which managed to increase its shipments by 9% year on year, while most manufacturers saw sales plummet.
The only other manufacturers to increase shipments were the smartphone makers, with HTC’s European shipments up from 0.4 million to 1.1 million. BlackBerry saw shipments increase from 0.5 million to 0.8 million.
Unsurprisingly, Motorola’s shipments saw the biggest fall in Europe, with the number of handsets shipped down 48.8% during 3Q this year compared to last year.