Handset Sales Down Sharply in Q2

The folks at Mobile Entertainment have crunched some market data and concluded that unit sales by the world’s five top handset vendors were down sharply in the second quarter of 2009.

Handset sales by Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson totaled 213.9 million units, down from 247.9 million handsets sold in the same quarter last year. That’s a year-to-year drop of 13.7 percent.

Some vendors suffered more than others, with the South Korean manufacturers taking market share from their rivals. Nokia, which remains the overall market leader, saw its shipments decline 15.4 percent on a year-to-year basis. The biggest gainer was Samsung, which saw it handset sales grow 14.4 percent relative to the corresponding quarter last year.

The company that fell off the map was Motorola, whose shipments plummeted 47.3 percent. Sony Ericsson was nearly as wretched, with unit sales dropping 43.4 percent.

With sales 103.2 million phones in the quarter, Nokia retained a clear lead over runner-up Samsung, which sold about 52.3 million handsets. LG breezed past Motorola to become the number-three vendor.

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