Samsung Pulls Plug on Galaxy Note 7, Sends South Korea ETF Falling

“Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” the company said.

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Daniel Kim, an analyst for investment bank Macquarie Group, estimated that the potential losses to the discontinued Galaxy Note 7 could rise to 3.1 trillion Korean won, or $2.8 billion, for the last three months of the year, or enough to wipe out the entire mobile division’s operating profits for the fourth quarter.

South Korea’s finance minister Yoo Il-ho also warned that the halt in sales would negatively impact the country’s export figures – Samsung’s mobile handsets made up about 2% of the Asian economy’s annual total exports.

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