Saturday, October 29, 2011

Big smartphone sales can't lift overall Samsung profits

Samsung Electronics reported a 23 percent decline in its third-quarter profit despite surging performance from its mobile devices unit.
The South Korean consumer electronics titan reported a profit of 3.44 trillion Korean won ($3.08 billion) on revenue of KRW41.27 trillion ($37.43 billion).
Samsung posted declining profits in its memory business, where demand for PC RAM continued to be weak, as well as operating losses at its display panel business.
Like fellow Korean conglomerate LG Electronics, the company cited weak global demand for the results, but said it expects a pickup heading into the holiday selling season in the fourth quarter.
Unlike LG, however, Samsung's handset business continues to do gangbusters. The company is relying more heavily on the unit to generate a significant portion of its profit and revenue, driven by the success of the Galaxy S II smartphone line-up. The company recently overtook Apple for the global smartphone market share crown, according to Strategy Analytics.
The telecommunications unit posted a 39 percent increase in revenue as smartphone shipments rose 300 percent over a year ago, when the company was still establishing its Galaxy brand. The company said it has shipped more than 10 million units in five months since its introduction.

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