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Global sales of mobile phones fell in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to a report from research company Gartner.
It said 1.75 billion handsets had been bought, marking a 1.7% decline.
Analysts at the firm suggested "tough economic conditions" had been partly responsible for the drop.
Report: Global Mobile Phone Sales In 2012 Dropped By 1.7 pct [bbc.co.uk]
Gartner's data suggests weakening demand for feature phones - lower-end devices with limited functionality - led to the drop. It said that in the final three months of the year, 264.4 million such devices had been sold - 19.3% fewer than over the same period in 2011.
Although smartphones had seen a 38.3% year-on-year gain over the fourth quarter, they had still remained in the minority with 207.7 million units sold, the study said.