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BlackBerry sales surge in Q2

BlackBerry sales surge in Q2

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) profits rose to £507 million in the three months in second quarter, despite a less than glowing reception for the BlackBerry Torch.

RIM’s latest performance in the three months to August 28th compares with a return of £295 million for the preceding quarter and profits of £303 million for the same period last year.

The company benefited from a surge in demand for its business focussed mobiles. Some 12.1 million units were shipped during the quarter – almost double the figure for last year.

The arrival of the firm’s latest challenger the BlackBerry Torch slide phone is believed to have been a significant factor in the firm's strong showing, in spite of lukewarm reviews it garnered from a number of tech sites.

Available to pre-order now, the Torch features the latest iteration of RIM’s smartphone operating system, a physical QWERTY keypad, touchscreen user interface and the enterprise-class email functionality for which BlackBerrys are famed.

RIM recently hit the headlines after becoming embroiled in high profile disputes over data security in the Middle East and India.

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