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“Weak G5” sees LG Mobile revenue plummet 6pc to £2bn

James Pearce
July 28, 2016

Korean manufacturer blames one per cent fall in number of handset shipments for Q2 losses of £100m

LG has blamed the “weak performance” of its flagship G5 handset for the plummeting revenues at its mobile division, which saw Q2 sales fall six per cent to £2 billion.

lg g5Though LG Electronics saw profits grow 140 per cent year-on-year to KRW 584.6 billion (£382 million), its Mobile division posted losses of more than KRW 153.5 billion (£100 million).

On a quarterly basis, revenue was up from KRW 2.96 trillion to KRW 3.3 trillion, having shipped 13.9 million devices in the first full quarter following February’s launch of the modular G5. This was down one per cent on Q2 2015.

The company said the quarter’s loss “reflected increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of G5 smartphone”, adding that it expects this to continue in to Q3.

It comes as Korean rival Samsung celebrated a 4.9 per cent increase in revenues, which it credited to increased sales of its Galaxy S7 flagship.

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