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Retail sales grow, Apple sales limited?

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed April 12, 2006

Retail PC sales grow

Retail sales data show that PC manufacturers experienced strong year-over-year growth during the first quarter of this year, according to new U.S. retail sales data. However, one analyst says that Apple's growth, which may be flat year-over-year, has been limited by its transition to Intel-based processors, which the company announced last June and began in January. reports that "while that strong growth may imply that computer manufacturers are on track to continue that growth the rest of the year, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft's delay of the consumer version of its highly anticipated Windows Vista operating system will derail that growth, analysts say." The data, which does not include direct, internet or corporate sales, shows that No. 2 PC maker Hewlett Packard sold about 605,000 PCs at U.S. retail outlets in the first quarter, a 28.5 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago.

Apple, according to Goldman Sachs, may only ship 1 million Macs in the first quarter because of a slow ramp in MacBook Pro production and slow sales of its iBook line as consumers waited for the new Intel-based version of the consumer laptop.

The retail PC data did not include data from PC giant Dell, a direct seller and from Apple's retail stores.

Goldman also estimated that iPod sales will drop off sharply from last quarter's record 14 million units sold, according to the report. The analysts estimate that Apple shipped 9.25 million iPods this quarter, suffering from higher-than-expected post-holiday decline.

Laptop sales grow as prices drop

Bolstering data by IDC, the report also showed that laptop sales growth outpaced the desktop market, but laptop prices were falling more quickly. In the first quarter laptop sales grew 43.6 percent over the previous year, while first quarter desktop sales grew by only 16.3 percent. The average sale price for laptops was $984.

"Price point has a lot to do with it," Samir Bhavnani, principal analyst in the mobile computing and electronics group at Current Analysis, told "The average selling price of notebooks has fallen at a quicker rate" than that of desktops, he added, noting that from last year's first quarter to this year's first quarter, the average selling price of notebooks fell 20 percent, down to $984, breaking the $1,000 psychological barrier.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Funny I'ver heard it cou

    Funny, I've heard this could be Apple's second best quarter in its 30 years in business. Someone just wants the stock to drop so they make up this c***.

  1. brainiac_7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    could happen

    Right. Macs are running on old Intel chips, made by a company without a security czar; they're buggy, virri- laden, spyware- riddled, security nightmares responsible for Windows current poor security situation. Oh, wait, they meant Dells not Macs.

    Seriously, when there's a MacTel desktop, I'll definitely buy the 2G version. I'm waiting.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    u annd me both.. can we get some towers in the next few months please??

  1. lmhaffner

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The retail PC data did not include data ... from Apple's retail stores."

    Garbage in, garbage out...


  1. henk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let it be...

    I'm dying to replace my G4, really am. Give me something, quick....

  1. Will Bates

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My god Apple have one/one tenth marketshare growth,better phone Bill and ask for 150 million ... ouch!

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