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Nokia (NYSE: NOK) posted a 20% rise in net sales of its devices and services unit in Latin America in the fourth quarter 2010 to 715mn euros (US$983mn) compared with the same period the previous year, the company said in a statement.
Globally, devices and services net sales were up 4% year-on-year in Q4. Latin America was the fifth-largest geographic area - of Nokia's six regions - in terms of mobile device units, ahead only of North America, shipping 12.2mn devices, down 2% from 12.4mn a year ago.
Worldwide, nearly 124mn devices were shipped in the quarter, down 3% year-on-year. The Finnish company attributed the drop to the intense competitive environment, as well as certain component shortages and a number of supply and logistics challenges.
The company's infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks saw a 7% increase in net sales in Latin America to 469mn euros in Q4, while globally sales rose 9% to 3.96bn euros.
Global net sales were up 6% year-on-year in Q4 to 12.7bn euros. Net profit was 745mn euros, down compared with 948mn euros in the same period a year ago.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop commented: "Nokia faces some significant challenges in our competitiveness and our execution. In short, the industry changed, and now it's time for Nokia to change faster."
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