Nokia enjoys a 43% market share in the UK, research firm CSS has revealed. This more than doubles the 21% share of its closest competitor, Samsung, and is slightly higher than Nokia's over 41% share of the global market.

LG's "positive performance" this year has given it fourth place, while Samsung's growth rate slowed and Sony Ericsson showed the biggest decline in net profit.

Ben Wood, CSS Insight Analyst, told Mobile Today: "Nokia is still head and shoulders above the rest. It is not just leading the market but controlling it. Sony Ericsson has really been put under pressure by Nokia’s new mid-range handsets and has struggled as a result."

"Samsung is the clear number two in the market, while LG has established itself in the big time. It has hit a sweet spot with a lot of its handsets recently."