Samsung Galaxy-brand value

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co.'s smartphone brand "Galaxy" was again rated as South Korea's most valuable brand in the first quarter of the year, a survey said Sunday.

Samsung's Galaxy earned 938 points in the survey by local research firm, Brandstock, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year.

Discount store chain Emart followed with 924 points, according to the survey, which didn't provide other details, including how much those brands were worth.

Last year, Samsung sold more than 40 million units of its Galaxy smartphones worldwide, outstripping Nokia as the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Samsung controlled 30.4 percent of the global smartphone market last year, surpassing now No. 2 player Apple's 19.4 percent, according to the data by Strategy Analytics. Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 smartphone, which features a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display.

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