Samsung Q4 profit tops forecasts on Galaxy sales
Net income for the final quarter of 2012 reached 7.04 trillion won ($6.58 billion), a 76% surge of 4.01 trillion won a year earlier. Analysts had expected 6.95 trillion won in income, according to FactSet. Sales rose 19% over a year earlier to 56.06 trillion won and operating income jumped 89% to 8.84 trillion won.
Increased sales of smartphones were the key source of its stellar profit. Samsung, which overtook Apple Inc. as the top smartphone maker last year, said its operating profit from the division that makes and sells smartphones and tablets more than doubled to 5.44 trillion won in the fourth quarter, from 2.56 trillion won a year earlier.
Most analysts believe the Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, shipped more than 60 million smartphones, including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, during the three months ending in December, which would put the year’s smartphone sales at more than 200 million. Apple said it sold 47.8 million iPhones in the quarter.
The company’s component divisions that make semiconductor products and display panels also benefited from a
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