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Technology: Samsung with a clear drop in profit

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The Samsung electronic giant has earned significantly less in the third quarter of 2022 in view of the declining demand for memory chips and falling prices. The surplus fell by 23.6 percent to 9.39 trillion WON (around 6.6 billion euros) in the year, the South Korean company said on Thursday.

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The weakness of the PC market and the also declining demand for mobile devices and televisions had an impact on the chip business. Samsung Electronics is market leading for smartphones, memory chips and televisions.

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, however, according to the information, climbed by 3.8 percent to 76.78 trillion WON (53.8 billion euros) in the third quarter. The company expects sales for the whole year to survive the previous maximum of 2021.

The semiconductor industry had already expected a weaker memory demand in the second half of the year in view of an impending recession. The high inflation had clouded the consumer mood, which also affects the chip producers.

geopolitical uncertainties affect business

The result of the memory business has decreased because the demand for consumer goods remains weak and the adjustments of the customers in the inventory had exceeded the market expectations in a message Samsung. The surgical profit of the semiconductor division alone decreased by almost 50 percent to 5.12 trillion WON from July to September. However, Samsung, according to its own statements, recorded the highest sales in one quarter.

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Asian chip groups such as Samsung or its local competitor SK Hynix also feel the headwind from the efforts of the US government to strengthen the domestic chip industry, for example through subsidies and to block the expansion of the production of highly developed semiconductors in China .

The geopolitical uncertainties will probably affect the memory demand by 2023, according to Samsung. In the second half of the year, however, recovery can be expected, since new data centers and computers needed more storage.

in the market with mobile devices including smartphones, Samsung stated a slight upswing compared to the second quarter despite the inflation pressure. Thanks to solid sales of its flagship models, including foldable devices, the operational profit has increased from 2.62 trillion to 3.24 trillion. For 2023, Samsung expects the smartphone market to expand further.

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