By Financial Times reporters Published: December 5 2003 9:52 | Last Updated: December 5 2003 9:52 Nokia lost market share for the first time in two years in the Western Europe mobile handset market, according to a report released on Friday. Strategy Analytics, a US-based research firm said that Nokia's share of shipments in the third quarter slipped to 42.1 per cent from 51.2 per cent in the year-ago period despite overall shipments in Western Europe rising 23 per cent year-on-year. Nokia lost share at the high end to Samsung and SonyEricsson who overtook Motorola to take the third and fourth rankings on the European market respectively and to Siemens and Sagem in the low-end. Samsung increased its stake to 8.6 per cent from 7.6 per cent and SonyEricsson rose to 6.6 pct from 4.0 pct. Motorola's stake fell to 6.3 per cent from 7.8 pct last year. The UK market, one of Nokia's biggest markets, emerged as a particular weak spot for the company during the period. Nokia is making a major push into the US and emerging markets such as China, and despite the fall, has continued to grow its market share on an international basis.