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Apple Q4: iPod Down, iPhone, PCs Up

Cupertino, Calif. – Apple
said it posted its most profitable quarter ever in the fourth quarter, ended
September 30, on record Mac and iPhone sales, and generating a 46.6 percent gain in
net income to $1.67 billion on a 25 percent gain in sales to $9.87 billion.

For the
full fiscal year, sales were up 12.5 percent to $36.5 billion, and net income
was up 18 percent to $5.7 billion.

For the
quarter, the company’s retail stores worldwide generated $1.87 billion in sales,
up 8.7 percent from the year-ago period and up 25 percent sequentially from the
third quarter. Also for the quarter, Apple’s gross margin rose to 36.6 percent
from the year-ago 34.7 percent.

iPod sales during the quarter declined 8 percent in units year over year to 10.2
million and 6 percent in dollars to $1.54 billion, but unit sales were flat
sequentially and up sequentially in dollars by 5 percent. Revenues from
Apple-branded and third-party iPod accessories, iTunes store sales and other
iPod services rose 22 percent to $1 billion.

Sales of
iPhones, which have been rolled out in more countries, rose 7 percent in units
to 7.37 million, while revenues generated by iPhone hardware sales, carrier
agreements and from Apple-branded and third-party iPhone accessories rose an
astounding 195 percent to $2.3 billion

Sales of
desktops and portables combined rose 9.2 percent to $3.95 billion in the

Al told,
desktops and laptops accounted for 40 percent of Apple’s fourth-quarter revenue,
while iPods and related revenues accounted for 26 percent, iPhones and related
revenues accounted for 23 percent, and peripherals and software accounted for 11

sales through the company’s stores, Apple’s company’s U.S. sales grew 20 percent
during the fourth quarter to $4.3 billion, with Europe posting 45 percent growth
to $2.5 billion; Japan sales up 36 percent to $434 million; and other geographic
areas, including Asia Pacific, rising 39 percent to $781

For its
part, research company iSuppli said Apple has been gaining share in the global
smartphone and PC markets in 2009. The company said worldwide smartphone
shipments would rise 11.6 percent in calendar 2009 while iPhones will soar 37