SEOUL, South Korea ( TheStreet) -- Samsung swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, earning 3.05 trillion won ($2.63 billion) on sales that were 37% higher. Samsung a year earlier lost 22 billion won, the first net loss since it began reporting quarterly results in 2000. Samsung reported fourth-quarter revenue of 25.32 trillion won vs. 18.45 trillion won a year earlier. The consumer electronics maker said it benefited from higher prices for memory chips in the quarter. Samsung sold about 11 million flat-screen TVs in the fourth quarter, while mobile phone sales rose 16% to 69 million units. Samsung is the No. 1 maker of computer memory chips and ranks behind Nokia ( NOK) in cell phones. The company could pass Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) to become the world's largest technology company by sales this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Samsung said it expects "positive growth across its businesses in 2010." -- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.