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BlackBerry Suffers Loss As BB10 Devices Show Signs Of Stuttering Sales

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BlackBerry has announced its latest set of financial results - and sadly it's not great news for the struggling handset maker.

After an initially strong start for its long-delayed range of BB10 devices, in which the touchscreen-only Z10 shipped a million units in three weeks - BlackBerry said demand had curtailed sharply in the following two months.

Even including the physical keyboard Q10, BlackBerry shipped just 2.7 million BB10 devices in the second quarter of 2013, the company said, compared to 4.1 million previous-gen smartphones.

Overall BlackBerry lost $84 million in the quarter, compared to a $94 million profit in the previous three months.

There were bright spots - revenue was up 15% from the previous quarter, and even stronger in the US - while its overall shipment of phones was also up 13%.

But with just $3.1 billion in the bank, BlackBerry doesn't have all the time in the world to make their new strategy work.

"We are still in the early stages of this launch," said CEO Thorsten Heins.

"But already, the BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are proving themselves to customers to be very secure, flexible and dynamic mobile computing solutions. Over the next three quarters, we will be increasing our investments to support the roll out of new products and services, and to demonstrate that BlackBerry has established itself as a leading and vibrant player in next generation mobile computing solutions for both consumer and enterprise customers."

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