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Apple triples industry notebook sales growth in April

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Thu May 24, 2007

Apple growth tops industry

Apple continues to dramatically outpace the industry in retail notebook sales, while iPod sales appear to be slowing, according to sales numbers from April. New research from NPD Group indicates that PC unit growth in April of 2007 rose 14 percent year-over-year, while notebook sales grew even faster -- rising 30 percent over the same period. Apple, however still managed to more than triple the industry growth by growing its retail Mac units 62 percent year-over-year this month and delivering a whopping 94 percent increase in retail notebook sales over the same period.

This growth highlights Apple's solid MacBook and MacBook Pro momentum, as well as increased distribution, according to UBS analyst Ben Reitzes. "Checks for Macs have been solid, backing our 25 percent unit growth estimate for fiscal third quarter 2007 which should also see support from recently updated MacBooks," said Reitzes.

iPod sales slowed last month when compared to the same time a year ago, down 3 percent vs. a 33 percent growth in May.

"While below the 19 percent (9.6 million units) we are modelling for fiscal third quarter, data doesn't include international sales which could help support growth," the analyst said. "We also believe new products later in the year should drive future improvement."

by MacNN Staff





  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is it. The day. The day where i read a non BS analyst report with no " the other product could challenge apple" rhetoric. Finally apple gets the serious investor analyst attention it deserves. Remember those news bytes even 2 years ago "apple isn't out of the woods yet"? I knew this day would come, and at last here it is. On another note, iPod sales slowed because the current trend seems to favor heavy back to school and holiday sales. Gifts for "dads and grads" only put a small bump up in the overall sales figures. Further iTunes music and video deals as well as improved availability if both the iPod and the iTunes store will encourage future iPod sales. Another thing to take into mind is some folks are indeed waiting to drop that cash on an iPhone, or heck even a new mac.

  1. mooncaine

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Article unclear; link bad

    First of all, it's unclear from this article whether the claim is that Apple sold "triple the number of units" of any competitor in the notebook market ... or whether Apple's notebook sales have *grown*to three times some previous notebook sales figure. Big difference.

    The link in the article links only to the home page of UBS. Pointless.

  1. Kyros

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Article unclear

    It pretty clearly states that Apple's sales have grown three times the amount that its competitors' sales have grown.

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