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The Financial Express

Smartphone shipments in China fall 16pc in June

| Updated: July 15, 2020 11:25:02


People look at devices in Huawei's first global flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China on October 30, 2019 — Reuters/Files People look at devices in Huawei's first global flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China on October 30, 2019 — Reuters/Files

Smartphone shipments in China fell 16 per cent in June compared with a year earlier, according to government data released on Tuesday.

The numbers suggest that handset demand in China remains lukewarm despite the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, boding poorly for Apple Inc AAPL.N and its local rivals like Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Phone makers shipped 27.7 million handsets in June, down from 32.7 million in June 2019, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a state-backed think tank.

That follows a similar decline in May, when shipments dropped more than 10 per cent annually, from 36.4 million in May 2019 to 32.6 million one year later.

In April, after a slump in the previous months due to the health crisis, CAICT reported that smartphone shipments grew an unexpected 17 per cent annually.

At the time, the jump suggested potential for a rebound in the China’s smartphone brands, which for years have wrestled with shrinking growth at home.

China is one of the few countries where retail outlets have re-opened almost fully after a lockdown period as Covid-19 spread.

Apple and its rival smartphone brands do not publicly release regional shipments.

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