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Apple Store best-grossing Fifth Avenue shop?

updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon August 24, 2009

Apple tops on Fifth Ave.

Apple's flagship store in New York City is likely producing the highest gross of any shop along Fifth Avenue, says the executive VP of Newmark Knight Frank Retail, a New York real estate broker. Jeffrey Roseman comments that the cube-shaped Apple Store probably has annual sales of over $350 million, despite only occupying 10,000 square feet in its luxury shopping district. Faith Hope Consolo, a division chairman at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, notes that Apple could be the all-time champion of Fifth Avenue sales, though Apple does not publicize individual store revenues.

Some of Apple's neighbors include Tiffany & Co., the famous jeweler, which is earning sales of only $18,000 per square foot in comparison to the estimated $35,000 for Apple. A Tiffany spokesman suggests that the Apple figure is unrealistic, but former's sales dropped 22 percent in the last quarter, roughly in line with other Fifth Avenue outlets such as Saks and Abercrombie & Fitch. Apple retail chief Ron Johnson will only say that the company is "thrilled" with sales in its three Manhattan stores.

It is known however that Apple increased its retail chain revenue by 2.5 percent during the first six months of 2009, while the American retail industry as a whole slipped 9.2 percent versus 1H08. Within New York City, industry sales are believed to have dropped 8 to 10 percent since 2008.

Storehouse Partners analyst Patricia Edwards observes that Apple's performance may be attributable to a general desire for high-tech gadgets, which many people see as "both a need and a want," as well as a kind of retail "therapy."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm glad Apple is going

    after potential buyers with money and not d**** cheapskates that the Windows sellers are after. To h*** with market share and go for the profits. As Windows fans are always likely to say, "if you put an Apple logo on a t***, there are the fools who will buy it." In retrospect, that's not such a bad thing. If Apple can carve out a nice 10-15% loyal user base of t*** purchasers, they can make a h*** of a lot of money.

    I'm still puzzled as to why Apple purchasers would be considered to be fools when they usually have a fairly high education and have money in their pockets even during a recession. Must be because they can't tell hyped value from true value. I'm not sure. The people that I know are buying Apple products don't think they're being ripped off and go back to buy more products.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A million per day?

    So they do about a million dollars per day in sales at the store? That would be about 500 Macbook Pros per day, or about 20 per hour. Every 3 minutes one needs to leave the store. Wow.

    Yeah, of course there are all the other accessories and stuff, so maybe a machine leaves the store every 5 minutes. That's still a h*** of a lot of inventory to deal with in a 10,000 square foot facility.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great analysis

    "Storehouse Partners analyst Patricia Edwards observes that Apple's performance may be attributable to a general desire for high-tech gadgets, which many people see as "both a need and a want," as well as a kind of retail "therapy.""

    So I guess Sharper Image is doing real well also - oh, wait...

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    million per day

    Are you counting the cash they make from their exclusive escort business they run out the back?

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