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Smartphone addiction snares Apple suppliers

Dominant OLED panel maker Samsung to suffer most from slowing sales

Sales of Apple's iPhone X have been sluggish, hurting component makers that rely heavily on it for their profits.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As Apple and other smartphone makers cut output in response to waning demand for handsets, manufacturers of such components as OLED panels are feeling the squeeze.

Others, such as makers of DRAM chips and flash memory, can rely on other sources of demand to cushion the blow. But all are having to adjust.

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