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Huawei Warns of Supply Chain Disruption After Growth Evaporates

  • Company posted its first quarterly drop in sales on record
  • It’s diversifying into areas like smart farms, healthcare
Attendees look at Huawei Technologies Co. Mate X2 smartphones at the company's booth at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, on Feb. 23.

Attendees look at Huawei Technologies Co. Mate X2 smartphones at the company's booth at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, on Feb. 23.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Huawei Technologies Co.’s quarterly revenue shrank for the first time on record, reflecting the devastating impact of U.S. sanctions that forced China’s largest technology company out of smartphones and into other technology arenas.

The disappointing results underscore the depth of the damage Washington has wrought on a company that once vied with Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. to lead the global smartphone market. It reported revenue fell 11% to 220.1 billion yuan ($33.5 billion) in 2020’s final quarter. That’s down from 3.7% growth in the September quarter and 23% in the second quarter, according to Bloomberg calculations based off previously reported figures.