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Apple Q1 iPod Unit Movement Soars 61%

4/20/2006 08:57:00 AM Eastern

Cupertino, Calif. — Unit shipments of Apple Computer iPods jumped 61 percent in the company’s fiscal second quarter, climbing to 8.5 million, compared with 5.3 million a year-ago. This pushed second-quarter iPod revenue 69 percent year-on-year, reaching $1.7 billion for the three months, up from $1 billion in the same time frame in 2005.

Riding the back of its iPod business, Apple recorded a 47 percent growth in revenue in the Americas in the second quarter, ended April 1, coming in at $2.1 billion, up from a year-earlier $1.4 billion. Unit shipments in the Americas increased 4 percent in the second quarter, hitting 494,000, compared with 477,000 in the same three months the prior year.

When the second-quarter iPod business is compared with the holiday-boosted first quarter, iPod unit movement dropped 39 percent, down from the 14 million iPods shipped in the first three months, while dollar sales decreased 41 percent, down from $2.9 billion in the holiday quarter.

Apple registered a 7 percent revenue increase and 8 percent unit rise in its portable computer business during the second quarter. Sales reached $739 million, compared with a year-on-year $691 million, while unit shipments rose to 498,000 from 462,000.

Desktop revenue moved up 4 percent in the second quarter, reaching $833 million, compared with $803 million in the same three months in 2005. Desktop unit movement was flat at a 1 percent increase for the second quarter, coming in at 614,000, up from last year’s 608,000.

The company shipped 1.1 million Macintosh computers in the second quarter, a 4 percent jump in unit shipments. Total CPU revenue for the three months rose 5 percent, to $1.6 billion.

Consolidated second-quarter Apple sales jumped 34 percent to $4.4 billion, up from $3.2 billion in the same three months in 2005.

Net income jumped 41 percent in the second quarter, reaching $410 million, up from a year-over-year $290 million. Gross margin was 29.8 percent, equivalent to the year-ago second quarter, said Apple.

International sales accounted for 43 percent of the quarter’s revenue, said Apple.

“We’ve generated over $10 billion in revenue and almost $1 billion in earnings in the first half of fiscal 2006,” said Steve Jobs, CEO. “Our transition to Intel processors is going very well, and our music business just experienced another quarter of outstanding growth.”

Average price for the iPod in the second quarter was $201, said Apple, and $1,414 for the Macs. More than 50 million iPods have been sold since their 2001 debut.

For the six months, Apple sales hit $10.1 billion, up from $6.7 billion the previous year, while net income climbed to $975 million, compared with a year-ago $585 million.