Apple Takes All Industry Profits (Almost)

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David Evanson and Mike Walkley

Forbes.com, Winter, 2012

According to Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley Apple (AAPL) earned 80% of all handset operating profits during the fourth quarter.

Contributing to AAPL’s “remarkable” share of the operating profits is the firm’s apparent industry high operating margin of 47%. By comparison, the operating margin for Nokia (NOK) was estimated to be 3%, Samsung 15%, Research in Motion (RIMM) 8%, Motorola (MMI), – 1%, Sony Ericsson (ERIC) – 18% and LG, 0%.