Samsung sold 56.3 million smartphones in third quarter: report

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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's top phone handset maker, sold 56.3 million smartphones in the third quarter, widening its lead over rival Apple Inc, a report by research firm IDC showed.

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Samsung took 31.3 percent of the global smartphone market, while Apple, which sold 26.9 million iPhones, had 15.0 percent of the market in the September quarter.

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)