Phone sales fell 14% in February due to coronavirus

Market research company (CounterPoint Research) said on Thursday: that global smartphone sales fell by 14% in the month of February with the spread of the new Coronavirus in China and abroad, which is a possible precursor to further decline with the exacerbation of the disease in parts Many of the world.

The virus outbreak prompted Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to close its stores in China in February, and government data indicate that Apple sold less than 500,000 smartphones in the Chinese mainland market last month.

China - which saw a 38 percent drop in sales in February compared to a year ago - is now showing signs of recovery as many stores reopen in mid-March.

(Jan Park) - Chief Analyst at CounterPoint: There are signs of recovery in South Korea, but for other parts of the world, "the worst is yet to come."

Smartphone makers are facing new supply chain turmoil as more countries enforce closure orders. On Tuesday, Foxconn - one of Apple's main suppliers - said it would suspend operations in India in compliance with government orders.

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