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Nokia reports drop in second-quarter net profit

Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, on Thursday reported a drop in its second-quarter net profit amid "continuing competitive challenges".

business Updated: Jul 22, 2010 19:00 IST

Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, on Thursday reported a drop in its second-quarter net profit amid "continuing competitive challenges".

It reported net profit of 104 million euros ($133 million) compared to 287 million euros in the same period last year.

Second-quarter sales increased one per cent year-on-year to 10 billion euros and were up five per cent compared to the preceding quarter, the Finnish company said.

The results were in line with what analysts had forecast and a Nokia announcement in June that had lowered its outlook.

The group sold 111.1 million units during the quarter, up eight per cent year-on-year and three per cent compared to the first quarter of 2010.

The tally included 24 million smartphones, a 42-per cent increase year-on-year.

Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo noted that the global handset market continued to grow "at a healthy pace" despite increased competition, and that Nokia was strong in some of the markets leading the growth.

Nokia continues to renew its smartphone portfolio, he said. The group has faced challenges from other smartphone makers such as Apple.

Nokia estimated that it had 33 per cent of the global handset market share in the quarter, slightly down year-on-year and the same as in the first quarter of 2010.

In its outlook, Nokia projected that the global handset market for 2010 will grow by 10 per cent compared to 2009, and that its share of the market will remain level.

The average selling price of Nokia handsets in the quarter was 61 euros, down from 62 euros in the first quarter of 2010 and 64 euros year-on-year.

The group's network business reported a five-per cent drop in second-quarter net sales year-on-year to three billion euros.