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Samsung Beats Motorola In Market Share

Eric Friedebach (
3 Dec 2004 10:26:00 -0800

Mark Tatge, 12.01.04,

CHICAGO - Catching Nokia has been an obsession at Motorola. But is the
Schaumburg, Ill.-based handset maker catching the Asian flu?

The Asian invasion of low-cost, moderately priced handsets could be
Motorola Chief Executive Edward Zander's biggest headache.

Gartner released third-quarter figures Wednesday showing that Samsung
had surpassed Motorola in global market share, snaring the No. 2 sales
spot for the first time ever. Motorola's share slipped to 13.4%
compared with the 13.8% share posted by Samsung.

"This is a blow to Motorola," said Gartner analyst Ben Wood. Samsung's
third-quarter lead over Motorola was only 588,000 units. Wood added
that Motorola will likely regain the No. 2 spot during the fourth
quarter after sales from the all-important Christmas selling season
are counted.

Eric Friedebach
/KMPX Rocks!/

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