Global Handheld Sales Continue To Slide

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For the fourth successive quarter in 2004, sales declined on a year-over-year basis to 2.8 million units, the market researcher said Wednesday. For the full year, the figure was 9.2 million units, compared with 10.6 million units in 2003. This is the third successive year of decline since the market’s peak in 2001, IDC said.

Too bad the IDC survey is so misleading, they don’t figure in numbers for Blackberry units and other smartphones like the Palm Treo. If they would figure smartphone sales then they would see the handheld market actually growing.