Helsinki, Finland – Nokia CEO
Stephen Elop reaffirmed plans to market a Windows 7 smartphone in the fourth
quarter in select countries following a plunge in its own Symbian-based
smartphone sales in its fiscal third quarter ended September.
For the quarter, the company narrowed its
operating losses, which shrank to 71 million euros ($97.8 million) compared to
a second-quarter loss of 487 million euros ($670.8 million).
Overall net sales, including Navteq and Nokia
Siemens Networks, fell 13 percent to
8980 million euros $12.4 billion) and
sales of handset and related services fell 25 percent to 5 392 million euros
In North America, handset and
services revenues fell 68 percent to 73 million euros ($101 million), and unit
sales fell 78 percent to 700,000 from a year-ago 3.2 million.
Currency conversions were
calculated at a rate of 1 euro equaling $1.38.
nThe company’s worldwide
smartphone sales fell 38 percent in units to 16.8 million, but sales of lower
price non-smart phones rose 8 percent to 89.8 million units.
The smartphone decline was driven by “the
strong momentum of competing smartphone platforms relative to our higher priced
Symbian devices, as well as pricing tactics by certain competitors,” the compay
Although the company overall
posted an operating loss, the handset and services unit still posted a n
operating profit of 132 million euros,
down from a year-ago 807 million euros, for an operating margin of 2.4 percent.
Said Elop of Nokia;s Windows plans, “I am
encouraged by our progress around the first Nokia experience with Windows
Phone, and we look forward to bringing the experience to consumers in select
countries later this quarter. We then intend to systematically increase the
number of countries and launch partners during the course of 2012.”