RIM reports solid earnings as smartphone prices fall

The company's fourth-quarter results were in line with expectations, although its average smartphone price is falling and it has had to increase spending on the PlayBook launch

Research in Motion has announced fourth-quarter earnings in line with expectations, but the company's outlook disappointed.

The company delivered fourth-quarter earnings of $934m (£580m), or $1.78 a share, on revenue of $5.6bn, up one percent from a year ago. Wall Street analysts were expecting Research In Motion (RIM) to report earnings of $1.76 a share on revenue of $5.64bn.

For fiscal 2011, RIM reported earnings of $3.4bn, or $6.34 a share, on revenue of $19.9bn, up 33 percent from a year ago. As expected, RIM was carried by international sales and the company shipped 52.3 million smartphones for the year. However, RIM's average smartphone selling prices are falling and the company has had to ramp up spending to support the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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