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Feb 11, 2019 07:22 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Apple, Xiaomi Sales Shrivel in China’s Shrinking Smartphone Market

Passengers on the Chongqing subway use their mobile phones on Dec. 27. Photo: IC
Passengers on the Chongqing subway use their mobile phones on Dec. 27. Photo: IC

Global giant Apple Inc.’s China smartphone sales plunged nearly 20% at the end of last year, as local rival Xiaomi Corp.’s downward slide accelerated even more in the world’s largest market, according to new data released on Monday.

The weak performances came as the overall China smartphone market continued to contract in last year’s fourth quarter, falling 9.7% as 103.3 million units shipped, according to data-tracking firm IDC (link in Chinese). The China market declined 10.5% for all of last year and has now notched five consecutive quarterly contractions, reversing several years of explosive growth that catapulted it to become the world’s largest market.

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