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FACTBOX: How Nokia and Apple square up

(Reuters) - Nokia, the world’s largest handset maker, will close its two flagship stores in the United States, a market where the world’s top cellphone maker is struggling to gain ground.

Apple overtook Nokia in the third quarter as the cellphone maker generating the highest total operating profit in the industry, research firm Strategy Analytics said on November 10.

Apple, which entered the cellphone market only in mid-2007 with its iPhones, sold a record 7.4 million of them in the third quarter.

In October, Nokia charged Apple with infringing some of its patents.

Here some key facts about Nokia and Apple:

* NOKIA:

-- Market Capitalization - $49.29 billion

-- Employees -125,829

-- Net Sales - 50.71 billion euros (March 2009)

Sales break-up by segments:

Devices & Services - 35.09 billion euros

NAVTEQ - 361 million euros

Nokia Siemens Networks - 15.3 billion euros

Sales break-up by region:

Europe - 37 percent

Asia-Pacific - 22 percent

Greater China - 13 percent

North America - 4 percent

Latin America - 10 percent

Middle East & Africa - 14 percent

Key Products - N-Series and Eseries phones, Nokia Navigator

* APPLE:

-- Market Capitalization - $171 billion

-- Employees - 34,300

-- Net Sales - $36.53 billion (September 2009)

Sales break-up by products:

Mac (Desktops & Portables) - $13.78 billion

iPod - $8.09 billion

iPhone and related products & services - $6.75 billion

Other music related products & services - $4.03 billion

Software - $2.4 billion

Peripherals & other hardware - $1.4 billion

Sales break-up by Segments:

Americas - 44 percent

Europe - 26 percent

Retail - 18 percent

Other Segments - 7 percent

Japan - 5 percent

Key Products - MacBook, iMac, iPhone, iPod

* LEGAL BATTLE:

-- A legal battle between Apple and Nokia over patent infringement is likely to last for more than a year, said Bill Merritt, the head of mobile licensing firm InterDigital.

-- Nokia filed suit in the United States in October, saying Apple had infringed 10 patents in technologies including wireless data transfer, a key factor in the success of iPhone. The suit accused Apple of trying to hitch a “free ride” on Nokia’s technology investment.

-- Apple said it “intended to defend the case vigorously.” The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, Nokia said.

Source: Reuters/Company reports:

(For a graphic on Nokia please click on)

Writing by Carl Bagh, Bangalore Editorial Reference Unit; Additional writing and editing by David Cutler

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