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Sales of mobile devices grow 16.5pc on year in 2Q11; smartphone sales up 74pc, says Gartner

Worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5 percent increase from the second quarter of 2010, according to Gartner.

The channel built up stock at the end of the first quarter in preparation of possible component shortages following the Japan earthquake. As a result, sell-in demand slowed in the second quarter to 421.1 million units, a 4.4 percent decrease from the previous quarter.

Sales of smartphones were up 74 percent on year and accounted for 25 percent of overall sales in the second quarter, up from 17 percent in the second quarter of 2010.