The US market continued its downward sales trend in February. Apple is holding its market share in a declining US market, but volume mix is shifting to older devices.
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April 2, 2019
Smartphone sell-through in the US market fell 9% year-on-year (YoY) in February to 12.1 million units, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse service. This is the 15th consecutive month of YoY decline in sales.
While sales in the premium segment slowed down sharply, the bright spot was a YoY volume gain for Motorola, Alcatel, Nokia HMD, and Google.
Commenting on the slowdown, Research Director Jeff Fieldhack, stated, “The premium smartphone tier of US$800 wholesale price and above has lost share. In 2019, only 11% of US smartphone volumes were from the US$800 plus price tier as compared to 32% in February 2018. Much of this drop-off is due to Apple’s volume mix shifting to lower price tiers more quickly this year. This suggests that the XS Max and XS devices will disappoint in 2019.”
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