Emerging markets buy fewer mobile phones

Mobile phone sales in emerging markets will be lower than many manufacturers hoped this year, according to new research, as rising inflation squeezes consumers there, according to the Financial Times.

Publishing its mobile sales statistics for the three months to June 30, Gartner, the research company, said it had identified evidence of lower-than-expected purchases by consumers in emerging markets during the second quarter.

In the first quarter of 2008, the economic slowdown had only impacted negatively on mobile sales in western Europe and the US.

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