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October 31, 2014
Smartphone sales lifted by emerging markets
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2014
Global smartphone sales grew at a healthy pace in the third quarter, boosted by low-cost handsets in emerging markets, industry research showed Thursday. The research firm IDC said global smartphone shipments jumped 25.2 percent from a year earlier to 327.6 million in the quarter, and were up 8.7 percent over the second quarter. "Despite rumors of a slowing market, smartphone shipments continue to see record-setting volumes," said IDC's Ryan Reith. "We've finally reached a point where most d ... read more

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