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Motorola loses ground to rivals

Motorola handset
Motorola admitted to losing ground to its rivals

Mobile phone giant Motorola posted a fourth-quarter loss in 2008 as it slipped to fifth place in the global mobile phone market.

It reported a net loss of $3.6bn (2.5bn) for the three months to the end of December, compared with a $100m profit for the same period in 2007.

The company also said it was suspending its quarterly dividend and looking for a new chief financial officer.

Paul Liska has left as CFO. No reason was given for his departure.

The firm said it lacked a popular handset to compete with its rivals and will now focus on mid-tier to high-end phones.

WORLD'S TOP MOBILE PHONE MAKERS
1. Nokia
2. Samsung Electronics
3. LG Electronics
4. Sony Ericsson
5. Motorola
The news sent Motorola shares down 10%.

The company said sales volumes were falling faster than the industry's.

Revenues for the quarter fell to $7.1bn from $9.65bn a year ago.

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