Samsung increases tablet market share

<p>Samsung has increased its share of the tablet computer market.</p>

Samsung doubled its share of the tablet computer market over the course of the fourth quarter of 2012.

This is according to fresh research from IDC, which revealed the South Korean technology giant sold 7.9 million units, taking its slice of the pie to 15.1 per cent.

The October-December haul was up from the 2.2 million devices purchased the previous year and has marginally closed the gap between Samsung and market leader Apple.

Indeed, Apple's market share slid from 51.7 per cent over the three-month period to 43.6 per cent, even though its sales rose in the run-up to Christmas.

International shipments of tablet computers jumped by 75 per cent over the fourth quarter to a record 52.5 million units and competition between Apple and Samsung remains heated, as they engage in numerous copyright battles in courts around the world.

At 10:00 GMT, Samsung shares retreated by 1.4 per cent to €484.85 per unit.

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