Samsung Says Memory Chip Demand Offset Pandemic Impact on Smartphone Sales

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Samsung Electronics reported Thursday its internet revenue grew 7.Three % year-on-year within the second quarter, with robust demand for reminiscence chips overcoming the impression of the coronavirus pandemic on smartphone sales.

The world’s largest smartphone and reminiscence chip maker stated income within the April-to-June interval had been KRW 5.56 trillion (roughly Rs. 34,846 crores).

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Operating revenue rose 23.48 % to KRW 8.15 trillion (roughly Rs. 51,070 crores), at the same time as sales dropped 5.6 % to KRW 52.97 trillion (roughly Rs. 3.31 lakh crores).

The agency is the flagship subsidiary of the enormous Samsung Group, by far the largest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate enterprise on the earth’s 12th largest financial system, and it’s essential to South Korea’s financial health.

The figures come because the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc the world over financial system, with the South having entered a recession for the primary time in 17 years as exports plunged as a result of outbreak.

The South is very trade-dependent and exports plunged 13.6 % year-on-year in Q2 — the sharpest decline since 1974.

But lockdowns imposed all over the world within the face of the pandemic — particularly in Europe and the US — have boosted the agency’s chip enterprise with fact centres transferring to stockpile DRAM chips to fulfill surging demand for on-line actions.

“Even because the extend of COVID-19 induced closures and slowdowns at shops and manufacturing websites all over the world, the corporate responded to challenges by way of its in depth world provide chain,” the agency stated in a press release.

It additionally minimised the impression of the pandemic by “strengthening on-line sales channels and optimising prices,” it added.

Samsung’s general turnover is equal to a fifth of South Korea’s gross home product.

‘Pent-up demand’

Analysts stated they count on the agency’s reminiscence chips and tv companies to enhance.

Diplomatic and navy tensions between India and China might additionally play in Samsung’s favour, analysts stated, if Indian shoppers select to shun Chinese manufacturers and go for Samsung gadgets as an alternative.

“The development is prone to drive by reminiscence chips and shows as each of those products are in excessive demand as a consequence of heavy content consumption in the course of the lockdown,” Prachir Singh, a senior analyst at market observer Counterpoint, informed AFP.

“India is exhibiting a pent-up demand because the nation recovers within the post-lockdown interval.

“There is definitely an anti-China sentiment within the minds of Indian shoppers. Samsung is definitely benefiting from this.”

Samsung took 20 % of world share within the smartphone market within the first quarter — forward of China’s Huawei on 17 % and Apple on 14 % — in keeping with Counterpoint.

More broadly, world sales slumped greater than 20 % year-on-year within the first quarter, their worst efficiency ever, in keeping with market tracker Gartner, because the pandemic hit shopper spending.

For the second half of the 12 months, the outlook for mobiles is “still fairly unsure as a result of whereas lockdowns in some nations are easing, there’s a resurgence of cases in some locations,” stated Gloria Tsuen, a senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service.

Market competition can also be “anticipated to accentuate as corporations attempt to make up for weak efficiency in the course of the first half”, the corporate stated.

Adding to Samsung Electronics’ challenges, its vice chairman and de facto chief Lee Jae-yong is at present being retried over a sprawling corruption scandal that might see him return to jail.

He will not be being held in custody in the course of the proceedings however a responsible verdict might deprive the agency of its prime decision-maker.

Samsung Electronics shares had been up 1.69 % in early morning commerce.

[Attribution Gadgets 360]

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