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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nokia, Ericsson Up, Market Down

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Nokia and Sony Ericsson were the big winners of the global mobile phone industry in the second quarter, but overall growth slowed and inventories rose, a survey showed Monday.

On the other end of the scale, Samsung lost market share.

Increased sales driven by color screens and camera phones as well as demand in emerging mass market India were offset by the crisis around the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus which hampered sales in large parts of Asia, particularly China, research group Strategy Analytics said.

Sales from handset makers to distributors such as mobile operators and retail chains rose a firm 11 percent to 111 million units, but subsequent sales to consumers lagged and rose only six percent to 108 million units.

Sales growth slowed from the first quarter when shipments increased 16 percent from the year-ago period.