Nokia shares tumbled almost 18 per cent on Tuesday after the Finnish mobile phone maker issued a profit warning, heightening investor concern over the future of Europe’s biggest technology company.
Nokia said second-quarter sales and operating margins would be “substantially below” previous guidance because of lower-than-expected volumes and prices.
随着诺基亚的市场份额不断被苹果(Apple）iPhone、采用谷歌(Google)Android操作系统的手机以及中国低端手机制造商等蚕食，上述预警加剧了笼罩在诺基亚身上的危机感。诺基亚首席执行官斯蒂芬•埃洛普(Stephen Elop)表示，随着诺基亚进行痛苦转型，施行在手机上采用微软(Microsoft）Windows Phone系统的新战略，2011年“将是艰难的一年”。
The warning increased the sense of crisis surrounding Nokia as it continues to lose market share to the Apple iPhone, devices using Google’s Android operating system and low-end Chinese manufacturers. Stephen Elop, Nokia chief executive, said 2011 was “going to be a difficult year to get through” as Nokia makes the painful transition to a new strategy based on using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software in its handsets.
电信研究公司CCS Insight的分析师杰夫•布拉波(Geoff Blaber)表示：“这表明诺基亚确实正面临来自四面八方的攻击。”
“This shows that Nokia really is under attack from all sides,” said Geoff Blaber, analyst at CCS Insight, a telecoms research firm.
The warning came just six weeks after Nokia issued weaker-than-expected guidance for the rest of the year. On Tuesday the company further lowered its second-quarter operating margin target from 6-9 per cent to “around breakeven”, and said that the outlook was too uncertain to provide new full-year estimates.
Nokia shares fell 17.5 per cent to €4.75 – their lowest for 13 years.
The stock has shed one-third of its value over the past six months and more than 70 per cent over the past five years as Nokia’s status as the world’s biggest mobile phone maker has come under threat.
Apple has overtaken it this year as the biggest handset maker by revenue. Nokia remains the global market leader by volume, but it has fallen behind Samsung in western Europe.
2011-06-01 09:35 编辑：典典
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