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Confusion over Galaxy Tab sales

The Galaxy Tab, may not actually be selling as well as figures had suggested

A Samsung executive has admitted that the company's tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab, may not actually be selling as well as figures had suggested.

The device, which was launched as a rival to the Apple iPad, had apparently sold a million units at the start of December, according to Samsung - a figure that rose to two million in early January.

However, Samsung official Lee Young-hee said that the "faster than expected" sales do not actually stand for the number of units sold to customers, but rather the number of devices shipped to wireless providers and retailers globally.

Ms Lee said during Samsung's quarterly earnings report that Galaxy Tab sales were "quite smooth", but she did not substantiate the claim with figures.

She described Samsung's sales to distributors as a "sell-in" and sales to customers as a "sell-out".

Ms Lee's responded to an analyst, saying: "Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million.

"Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite smooth. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn't as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK."

Copyright Press Association 2011

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