BlackBerry Z10 sales far ahead of previous models, company says

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BlackBerry said its new Z10 smartphone was selling almost three times better in the U.K. than any of its previous models in the first week they hit store shelves.

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Sales in Canada, which kicked off yesterday, were up by more than 50 percent from any previous introduction, Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said in an e-mailed statement.

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, debuted the new Z10 and Q10 phones last week in the two countries. Heins is seeking to capitalize on positive reviews to kickstart sales in the U.K. and Canada ahead of the Z10's U.S. release in March. BlackBerry has rallied more than 150 percent since late September in New York trading on optimism that the phones can make the company competitive again with Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy lineup.

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