http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...30/financial/f050902D93.DTL&feed=rss.businessThe usual pre-holiday ramp-up in cell phone shipments didn't happen this year because of the feeble global economy, a research firm said Thursday.
Manufacturers shipped 299 million phones in the July-September period, down 0.4 percent from the second quarter, according to IDC. The third quarter normally sees a rise in shipments, as stores stock up ahead of the holidays.
Shipments still grew 3.2 percent compared to last year. But as cell phones have become a global must-have in the last few years, it has been more common to see growth rates of up to 20 percent.
Sony Ericsson unseated Motorola Inc. as the third-largest cell phone manufacturer, with 8.6 percent share of the market. Motorola had 8.5 percent.
Sony Ericsson also leapfrogged LG Electronics Inc., pushing it down to No. 5 slot.
Now, thats quite an achievement.The only thing that bothers SE is profit , which should be taken care of in 2009. Hail SE.
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