Global mobile phone market grows 21.6% in the second quarter of 2005

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In the second quarter of the year, 190.5 million mobile phones were sold worldwide, marking the second largest quarter of sales after the record 195.3 million units obtained in the fourth quarter of 2004. The numbers translate into an increase of 21 , 6 percent compared to the same period last year, says Gartner.

Among the mobile device manufacturers, the two market leaders, Nokia and Motorola, have strengthened their market share, together accounting for half of world sales. Nokia’s global share rose to 31.9 percent, while Motorola’s position rose to 17.9 percentage points.

The shares of Samsung and LG also grew, while those of Sony Ericsson and Siemens fell to 6.2 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.

Sales in Western Europe rose ten percentage points to 37.4 million units and North America posted its best second quarter, with a 9.4 percent increase to 35.5 million devices sold. In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa the increase was 37 percent. The market in the Asia Pacific region (except Japan, which registered a slight drop) grew by 28 percentage points, resulting in 48.3 million sales.

With the current strength of the global mobile phone market, Gartner expects 780 million units to be sold by the end of the year.

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