Nokia tops Palm in European handheld market-study

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Nokia tops Palm in European handheld market-study 11/2/01 1:51 AM Source: Reuters LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Nokia, buoyed by its 9210 Communicator smart phone, has overtaken Palm and Compaq to become Western Europe’s leading mobile data device vendor, a study released on Friday said. According to British technology research firm Canalys, Nokia shipped 152,355 handheld units in the third quarter amounting to 28.3 percent share of the regional market. The recent launch of the Nokia device has taken the company, the market leader in mobile telephone handsets, into direct competition with the producers of personal digital assistants. Palm, the dominant player a year ago, saw shipments slip by 56 percent year-on-year for the third quarter. Palm shipped 108,445 units in the quarter for 20.2 percent share, the research firm said. Declines by Palm, Psion, Casio and Hewlett-Packard led to an overall handset market fall of 16 percent for the quarter. The total shipments amounted to 538,015 for the quarter, compared to 644,130 a year ago, Canalys said. Canalys blamed the quarterly downturn on “previous oversupply, the economic climate and expectations of better things to come” from the sector. The industry was also hurt by comparisons to a record 2000 when handheld devices sold briskly. Canalys predicted demand from the corporate and consumer markets will continue to soften until next year. Still, handset shipments for the first nine months of 2001 are a third higher than the same period a year ago, the firm said. Symbian, the mobile software company, also benefitted from Nokia’s rise. Symbian’s operating system powers the Nokia 9210, a mobile phone/electronic organizer. Symbian-powered devices accounted for 34 percent of market share for the quarter, Cymbian said, leapfrogging the Palm operating system and Windows CE, which generated 29.9 percent and 20.8 percent, respectively. MORE Copyright 2001, Reuters News Service

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