Global mobile market sales decline 3%

Despite a 3 per cent dip in global mobile phone sales to 428 million units in the third quarter, smartphone sales jumped a full 47 per cent, according data released by research firm Gartner.

It said Samsung widened the gap with Apple taking the share of such handsets to 39.6 per cent of the total cellular phones sales. Smartphones continued to fuel sales of mobile phones worldwide with sales rising to 169.2 million units in the third quarter, Gartner said.

The quarter also saw Samsung becoming the largest mobile handset market with 22.9 per cent of the overall market share, selling 98 million units, up from 18.7 per cent a year ago, it said.

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