updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon September 15, 2008
Piper on August NPD stats
NPD's August statistics for Apple, scheduled to become public today, should point towards the latter's sales for the whole of its September quarter, say analysts with Piper Jaffray. In terms of Macs, growth has typically slowed down between July and September; July's growth was 43 percent year-over-year, and it is believed that August growth could amount to 35 to 40 percent. If September's growth is 30 percent, Apple will have sold approximately 2.9 million Macs during the quarter, more than an increased Street consensus of 2.7.
Similarly, iPod growth was 12 percent in July, and August numbers are expected to end up between 7 and 10 percent. By the end of September, therefore, Apple could sell anywhere between 10.7 and 11.2 million iPods. It is not stated to what degree the release of new Nanos and Touches could affect overall results.