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China smartphone shipments fall 14% as sanctions sting Huawei

Decline in third quarter attributed to US penalties impeding production

A man walks past a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Smartphone shipments in China slipped 14.3% in the third quarter from a year earlier, in the fallout from the U.S. trade sanctions that dented sales at Huawei Technologies.

Chinese companies shipped 84.8 million smartphones during the three months through September, market intelligence company IDC said in a report Friday. Huawei shipped the most at 35.1 million units.

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