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Mobile phone sales stronger than ever

World mobile phone sales jumped 21.6% in the second quarter of 2005 compared to the same period last year, said analyst Gartner.

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World mobile phone sales jumped 21.6% in the second quarter of 2005 compared to the same period last year, said...

analyst Gartner.

Sales totalled 190.5m units in the second quarter, making it the strongest ever quarter on record, said Gartner.

All regions recorded growth in the period, with the exception of Japan, which saw a small decline.

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said, “The sales in the mature markets of Western Europe and North America were driven primarily by sales of phones as replacements for older models and, to a lesser extent, by first-time buyers.”

She said that in emerging markets growth was boosted by an uptake in new connections, as consumers took advantage of falling average selling prices of phones.

Gartner also found that Nokia and Motorola had strengthened their position in the marketplace, as the two companies accounted for 49.8% of worldwide mobile phone sales. Nokia’s individual share grew 2.3% to 31.9%.

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