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iPhones Boost Q2 Apple Performance

4/23/2009 09:47:00 AM Eastern

Cupertino, Calif. – A 302 percent increase in worldwide iPhone dollar sales to $1.52 billion offset declining dollar volume in computers and iPods to boost Apple’s second-quarter revenues by 9 percent to $8.16 billion.

For the quarter, which ended March 28, Apple posted its highest non-Christmas-season revenues and net profit, which rose 15.2 percent to $1.21 billion. In its fiscal first quarter ending Dec. 28, Apple posted the highest quarterly revenues and earning in its history at $10.17 billion and $1.61 billion, respectively.

Combined iPhone and iPod sales accounted for 39 percent of Apple’s second-quarter dollar volume, up from 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter.

The explosion in iPhone sales reflects the product’s expansion to more countries after the 3G version was launched in July 2008, said Yankee Group director Carl Howe. In July 2008, the iPhone was available in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and a few other countries, but the device is now in 88 countries, Howe said.

Although sales of desktop and portable computers were both down in both units and dollars, unit sales of iPods were up 3 percent to 11 million units despite an 8 percent revenue decline to $1.67 billion. Dollar sales of iPhones and related products and services rose 302 percent to $1.52 billion on a unit sales gain of 123 percent to 3.79 million. iPhone unit-sales growth accelerated in the second quarter from the first-quarter’s 88.5 percent unit gain, although unit volume was lower than the 4.36 million sold in the first quarter, which included the Christmas selling season.

In the computer category, second-quarter sales of desktop computers fell 22 percent to $1.05 billion on a unit-sales decline of 4.4 percent to 818,000 units. Portable computer volume fell 12 percent to $1.9 billion on a 2 percent unit-sales decline to 1.4 million.  

For the half, net sales were up 7.1 percent percent to $18.3 billion, and net income rose 7 percent to $2.81 billion. Operating income rose 10.2 percent to $3.79 billion.