China has overtaken the United States to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market with sales of 4.9 million iPhones, according to data from China Mobile.
The market is growing faster than the global economy, which has slowed in recent years, and sales have grown faster than those of Europe, where the market has shrunk.
It’s also the largest market for the iPhone, accounting for 9.2 percent of the global market.
“China is a growing market with a growing population, and is projected to grow even more in the years ahead,” said Paul Pui, senior director of mobile and IoT at Chinese telecom giant China Mobile, in a statement.
He added that the market is expected to grow by around 1.5 percent this year.
In the United Kingdom, sales of iPhones grew 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter from the same quarter a year earlier.