2Q2004 Mobile Phone Sales Up 35%, Gartner Says

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Nokia 29.7%
Motorola 15.8%
Samsug 12.1%
Siemens 6.9%
SonyEricsson 6.6%
LG 6%

Gartner says mobile phone sales overall are up worldwide, although Nokia has slipped a bit in its perennial lead.

Worldwide mobile phone sales surpassed 156.4 million units in the second quarter of 2004, a 35% increase from the second quarter of 2003, according to a new study by market research firm Gartner.

September 2, 2004

Global mobile phones sales surpassed 156.4 million units in Q2, 35 percent higher than 115.8 million units shipped in the same quarter last year, with all regions experiencing healthy sales, according to Gartner Inc.

Replacement handset sales ensured strong results in mature markets such as Western Europe and North America, while strong growth in emerging markets such as Latin America further boosted unit sales, noted Ben Wood, principal analyst for mobile terminals research at Gartner, in a statement.

Market leader Nokia’s market share dropped in Q2 to 29.7 percent from 35.6 percent in Q2 2003; however, the company’s market share was up sequentially from 28.9 percent in Q1.

The strongest growth was in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. Western European sales were driven by first time users from 2001 trading up to their second phone with a color screen and camera. North American sales were buoyed by heavy operator subsidies on advanced handsets, which encouraged users to upgrade to more-featured devices. Asia/Pacific mobile phone sales were down slightly from first quarter of 2004, as is typical for this time of year in that market, but still grew over last year.

Nokia once again came out on top by a healthy margin, although that margin slipped slightly as its marketshare fell from 35.6% to 29.7% of the market from the same time last year. Motorola inched up slightly and maintained its number two position with 15.8% of the market, while Samsung is close behind with 12.1% and shows signs of challenging Motorola for the second place spot. Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and LG rounded up the top six, all very close with 6.9%, 6.6%, and 6.0% of sales, respectively, during quarter two.

Total phone shipments for 2004 so far are over 300 million units, and Garner expects that to clime to 620 million units by year's end. However, it could climb as high as 650 million units, which Garner believes would hurt sales for next year as retailers flush out excess inventories. The numbers above reflect shipments to retailers and carriers, not sell-through to end-users.

“Nokia’s price cuts gave it a small gain in market share compared to the first quarter, although the average selling price of its handsets fell in the second quarter. Motorola maintained the second position based on its strong performance in the Americas, but Gartner expects Samsung to be battling with Motorola for the No. 2 position for the remainder of the year,” Wood said.

Second place handset provider Motorola saw its market share slip slightly in Q2 compared with Q1 as it focused on profitability, but was up to 15.8 percent market share from 14.5 percent in Q2 2003. Motorola experienced a solid quarter with strong performances in North America and Latin America, but lost market share in China, the firm reported.

Samsung, which sits in third place for handset shipments, had a successful quarter in terms of shipments. But, Gartner analysis showed that not all of this volume reached end users, resulting in a gap between sell-in volumes and end-users sales in North America. The firm expects sales of this backed up inventory to show in Q3.

On a regional basis, the Western European market was driven by consumers upgrading phones purchased in 2000 and 2001 to smaller color screen phones with built in cameras that have become available at much lower prices.

In North America, replacement sales were high as operators subsidized enhanced handsets, and consumers became willing to upgrade to handsets with more features, particularly camera phones.

Asia/Pacific mobile phone sales were down slightly from Q1, even with the Chinese government’s efforts to control the economy weakened demand for consumer electronics goods, such as mobile phones. In mature markets, such as Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, people held off on buying new phones as they hoped for further price reductions or increases in subsidies.

More than 300 million mobile phones were sold in the first half, and Gartner expects year-end sales to reach about 620 million units, with that number to possibly reach 650 million units if current momentum is maintained.

 

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