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Nokia calls bottom of handset market

Nokia today reported improvements in quarterly sales and profits, but rival Sony Ericsson lost money again as trading conditions and margins failed to improve.

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Nokia today reported improvements in quarterly sales and profits, but rival Sony Ericsson lost money again as trading...

conditions and margins failed to improve.

Nokia claimed a 38% share of the 286 million-unit total handset market for the quarter, and 41% of the estimated 41 million-unit smartphone market. Sony Ericsson, which shipped 13.8 million units, has an estimated 4.8% of the total market.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said competition remained intense, but demand in the overall mobile device market appeared to be bottoming out. Nokia's shipments for the quarter were down 15% from year ago, but up 10% on the previous quarter, he said.

Kallasvuo said elements of the mobile handset, PC, internet and media industries were converging to form a new industry. "Consumers will increasingly expect devices and services designed as integrated solutions. To capture this opportunity we are accelerating our strategic transformation into a solutions company," he said.

Dick Komiyama, president of Sony Ericsson, said his new product portfolio, which integrates communications, entertainment and social media applications should contribute to better sales when shipments start later this year.

Both firms were still trying to save costs. Sony Ericsson was aiming to save €880m by mid-2010, while Nokia announced 940 job cuts.

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