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Smartphone Sales Had Anemic Year-End, Data Show

People use their mobile phones to film a performance in Zhengzhou, Henan province in September. Smartphone shipments in China declined 4.9% for the whole of 2017, according to market research firm IDC. Photo: VCG
People use their mobile phones to film a performance in Zhengzhou, Henan province in September. Smartphone shipments in China declined 4.9% for the whole of 2017, according to market research firm IDC. Photo: VCG

The smartphone industry in China stumbled in the fourth quarter last year — its third consecutive quarterly drop — and further consolidation or bankruptcies are likely, analysts said.

Smartphone shipments in the domestic market declined 15.7% for the latest quarter, according to data Tuesday from market research firm IDC.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. retained its status as the top brand in China, with a market share of 21.3%, up from 16.8% a year before. Xiaomi Inc. made impressive progress to increase its share to 13.9% from 7.4%, while Apple Inc.’s edged up 12.9% from 11%.

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