After Samsung saw its profits dip in 2019, things are looking up since the latter half of 2020. The South Korean electronics giant posted Q3 profits of more than $13 billion in 2021.
This means profits were up by more than 19 percent compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Samsung gave strong consumer demand as the reason profits increased. The upwards trend was especially pronounced for microchips and consumer products, according to Samsung. The trend in the smartphone segment, especially important for Samsung, had lagged all through 2019 as consumers were holding off on purchases. With 5G-ready phones and new foldables adding potential incentives to buy, demand recovered in 2020 and 2021.
The semiconductor business, which together with smartphones is responsible for more than 80 percent of the company’s profits, recovered as global demand for microchips and electronics in general soared in the coronavirus pandemic. A strong Won helped Samsung along as well.