Smart­phone sales crash

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

GLOBAL smart­phone sales fell for a fourth con­sec­u­tive quar­ter in the pe­riod through Septem­ber, sug­gest­ing a chal­leng­ing mar­ket for de­vice mak­ers await­ing cat­a­lysts to spark sales, re­searchers said.

A re­port by re­search firm IDC showed 355 mil­lion hand­sets de­liv­ered in the third quar­ter, a year-on-year de­cline of 6 per cent. “IDC main­tains its view that the mar­ket will re­turn to growth in 2019, but at this stage it is too early to tell what that growth will look like,” the re­port said.

A Strat­egy An­a­lyt­ics sur­vey showed an 8 per cent sales dip to 360 mil­lion units.

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