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Lumia sales boost Nokia Q4 results

January 10, 2013

The launch of new Lumia smartphones has turned into a make-or-break event for Nokia boss Stephen Elop. — Reuters picThe launch of new Lumia smartphones has turned into a make-or-break event for Nokia boss Stephen Elop. — Reuters pic

Thursday's trading update was a rare spot of good news for the Finnish handset maker that has been losing market share to Samsung and Apple.

The company said that its results were also helped by 50 million euros (RM198 million) in patent fees, improved cost management and a better than expected performance from its Nokia Siemens Networks unit.

It estimated fourth-quarter operating margin in its mobile phone business was between break-even to 2 per cent. It previously forecast the margin to be around minus 6 per cent.

However, the company said that the competitive environment remains tough and forecast the margin to be minus 2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Fourth-quarter net sales in devices and services were about 3.9 billion euros . It sold a total of 86.3 million devices. Smartphones accounted for 6.6 million units, of which 4.4 million were the Windows-based Lumia handsets.

Nokia shares surged 13 per cent to 3.40 euros by 1338 GMT. — Reuters

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