During the reported quarter, the Lighting segment reported sales growth of 9% year over year. The comparable sales grew 4%, driven by double-digit growth at Lumileds and mid single-digit growth at Consumer Luminaires and Automotive. LED sales grew 43% year over year and now represent 25% of the total lighting sales.
On a geographic basis, mature markets reported flat year-over-year sales growth as 4% rise in Western Europe was fully offset by a 4% decline in North America. However, revenue grew 8% year over year in the growth markets (emerging markets).
During the quarter, under the LED portfolio, Phillips introduced Hue, which is supposed to be a revolutionary LED lighting system. This can be controlled through a wirelessly through a smart device.