The popularity of Apple’s iPhone is continuing to buck the fall in global mobile phone sales, a study has found.
Shipments of the iPhone totalled 5.2 million units between April and June, a six-fold increase on a year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics.
This compares with an industry-wide decline of 8% to 273 million units.
While sector-wide sales were down for the third consecutive quarter, the rate of decline slowed from the -14% recorded in the first quarter of 2009.
Apple was not the only manufacturer to see sales rise during the latest quarter.
PHONE MARKET SHARE
# Nokia 37.8%
# Samsung 19.2%
# LG 10.9%
# Motorola 5.4%
# Sony Ericsson 5.1%
# Others 21.6% Source: Strategy Analytics
Shipments at Samsung were up 14% from a year earlier to 52.3 million units, while LG rose 8% to 29.8 million.
However, Nokia saw shipments decline 15% to 103.2 million handsets, Sony Ericsson fell 43% to 13.8 million, and Motorola shipments dropped 47% to 14.8 million.
The report came as Motorola reported an unexpected profit for its second quarter ending on 4 July.
The firm made a net profit of $26m (£16m), up from $4m a year earlier, thanks to major cost reductions including 8,000 job cuts so far this year.
Despite the iPhone’s strong rise in sales, Strategy Analytics said it still has only a 2% share of the global market.
This compares with the 37.8% stake held by market leader Nokia.
Samsung remains in second place on 19.2%, followed by LG on 10.9%, Motorola on 5.4%, and Sony Ericsson at 5.1%.
Strategy Analytics said the global mobile phone market was now "showing signs of stabilisation".
"The worst of the handset recession may be behind us," it said.
Source: BBC News