Samsung has made a statement that they expect a second consecutive quarter with declining profits. The Wall Street Journal also speculates that factors such as a partial sales ban on Korea's top two carriers and perceived opinion that the Galaxy S5 — due to hit stores in Europe and North America Friday, April 11 — doesn't offer enough features to validate the upgrade fees, and the sales figures will not surpass last year's model. They say this will affect sales this quarter as well. We say it's too early to even make that sort of prediction, and we'll wait to count the beans after all is said and done.
Samsung says that the company operating profits have fallen 2.1-percent from the previous year for the quarter ending March 31. The company's profit margins fell 6-percent for Q4 2013, which was Samsung's first drop in the past 24 months.