January 28th, 2005, 21:08
Nokia today released earnings for the Oct-Dec '04 quarter. In its bread-and-butter sector of handset sales, the company says it sold 66.1 million units in the quarter, up 19.5 percent from 55.3 million units a year earlier. Share in the handset space for Nokia today stands at "about 34 percent" according to the company, up a percentage point from the preceding quarter. The statement went into only brief detail on games in the N-Gage library. The release deadpanned, saying: "sales of several key N-Gage titles started, including Pathway to Glory, Pocket Kingdom, and the Colin McRae Rally." A reference to sales carried no context other than a figure--one assumes a reference to a worldwide tally--of units sold since launch. "By the end of the quarter, Nokia had cumulatively sold 1.3 million N-Gage devices." Overall, net sales for the Finnish handset maker for the quarter increased 3 percent. Profit, however, decreased 19 percent.