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Samsung's operating profit rises 15%, a sharp slowdown

Results show its vulnerability to global weakness in demand for electronics

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CALL ME: Whether Samsung can continue to reap profits from its smartphones depends on the demand for those phones.

Hong Kong

LAST year, with smartphone sales sagging, Samsung Electronics said that it would orchestrate a turnaround using the components that power electronics - things like chips, screens and circuits.

Indeed, for much of 2015, Samsung was able to buck weak prices for memory chips