Samsung Electronics has reported strong profits in the fourth-quarter of 2009 thanks to increased sales of flat screen televisions and mobile phones.

The company’s net profit in the three months to 31 December rose to 3.1 trillion won ($2.7bn;£1.7bn).

Samsung said it sold nearly 11 million flat screen televisions in the period, becaming the first manufacturer to exceed 10 million sales in a quarter.

The company also sold 69 million mobile phone handsets during the three months. This was up 16% on the same period a year earlier. Samsung sold a total of 277 million handsets in 2009.

In a statement, Samsung said it expects “positive growth across its businesses in 2010,” as demand for flat screen TVs, mobile phones and laptop computers grows as a result of the ongoing economic recovery.