Hong Kong — China’s Huawei hit by crippling US sanctions, could see shipments decline by as much as a quarter in 2019 and faces the possibility that its smartphones will disappear from international markets, analysts say. Smartphone shipments at Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by volume, could tumble 4% to 24% in 2019 if the ban stays put, according to Fubon Research and Strategy Analytics. Several experts said they expect Huawei shipments to slide over the next six months but declined to give a hard estimate due to uncertainties surrounding the ban. The US commerce department blocked Huawei from buying US goods last week amid its escalating trade spat with China. The ban applies to goods and services with 25% or more of US-originated technology or materials, and may, therefore, affect non-American firms. Tech companies including Google and SoftBank Group-owned chip designer ARM have said they will cease supplies and updates to Huawei.

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