For the fourth quarter alone, Apple's profits represented a whopping 72% of the industry's profits. BlackBerry and Motorola each had a -1% share for the last three month period of the year. Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity, the research house behind the math work, sees nothing changing the fact that Apple and Samsung together will continue to account for most of, if not all of, the profits in the industry on a quarterly and yearly basis for the near future.
It should be noted that the stats used in the study are profits before tax and interest payments are made. Known as Operating Income or EBIT, the figure is often used for cleaner comparisons between different companies as it eliminates tax payments which can vary year to year and from company to company.