Lenovo Hails Mobile Future As Sales Soar
A 32% jump in sales of mobile devices has helped the world's biggest maker of PCs grow its quarterly profits.
Lenovo, which has intensified efforts to diversify from its traditional personal computer roots, confirmed that earnings rose 23% to $214m (£128m) in the April-June quarter compared to the same period last year.
It credited strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices, which topped $1.6bn (£1bn) over the three months.
The profits reflect the China-based firm's heavy investment in mobile technology - a strategy that has included the purchase, from Google, of Motorola's handset business for $2.9bn (£1.74bn).
Global revenue rose 18% to $10.4bn (£6.23bn) - with PC sales making up 29% of that total figure.
The company said shipments of desktop computers rose 12.1% over a year earlier, compared with an industry average of 2.4% - reflecting a pick-up in demand in its home market.
Just over a third of its revenue was made in China while the US and the Americas accounted for $2.2bn (£1.32bn) of sales.
Revenues from Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose 27% to $2.8bn (£1.68bn).
Lenovo's chairman, Yang Yuanqing, said he expected mobile sales to be the bulk of its future revenue as its focus shifts from PCs.
The company said it rose to number three among global tablet computer suppliers, adding that worldwide smartphone shipments grew about 39% year-on-year.