Despite a slow economy in the U.S. and elsewhere, worldwide sales of mobile handsets jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of this year,according to research from multiple firms cited by Reuters Friday. The gains represented the largest growth in a first quarter since 2006.
The jump was attributed largely to strong growth in emerging markets, and to strength by Nokia and Samsung, both of which grew twice as fast as the overall market. LG also increased its market share, while Motorola and Sony Ericsson slipped.
The report cited research from IDC and Strategy Analytics.