How consumer-electronics makers are faring

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 18:00 hrs

-electronics devices have begun releasing their earnings reports for the latest quarter. Here's a look at selected companies that report unit sales on phones, tablet computers and other devices.

Some companies including Samsung Electronics Co. do not release data on unit sales.

— Oct. 18: Microsoft Corp. says it shipped 1.7 million Xbox 360 consoles during the latest quarter, down 26 percent from 2.3 million a year earlier.

Nokia Corp. says sales of smartphones dropped 63 percent to 6.3 million in the quarter, from 16.8 million a year earlier, while volume sales of cellphones fell 22 percent to 83 million from 107 million a year earlier. Sales of its flagship Lumia phones — its first Windows-based devices launched a year ago — dropped to 2.9 million units from 4 million in the previous quarter. Nokia didn't say when and where the new Lumia 920 and 820 will be launched, except that it will be in "selective" markets during the current quarter.

— Wednesday: AT&T Inc. says it activated 4.7 million iPhones in the quarter, but only 18 percent went to new subscribers, the lowest number yet.

Nintendo Co. says it sold 1.32 million Wii game consoles during the six months ending in September, a sharp drop from 3.35 million a year earlier. Nintendo is releasing a new version, Wii U, in November. Sales are likely to pick up then, as it's the first major new game console from anyone in years. Nintendo says it expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles for the year through March 2013 and 24 million units of Wii U game software.

Coming up:

— Thursday: Apple Inc.

— Oct. 30: TomTom

— Oct. 31: Garmin Ltd.

— Nov. 1: Sony Corp.

— Nov. 20: Hewlett-Packard Co.

— Dec. 20: Research In Motion Ltd.

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