Apple Stores See 18K Visitors a Week

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Not all of the lack of retail floor traffic can be blamed on the web.  A lot of that traffic has simply been diverted to Apple stores.   The company said Tuesday its 363 stores around the world average 18,000 visitors a week.

AppleThe stores enjoyed over 85 million visitors for the recent quarter ended in March, up from 71 million a year ago..

And, if you want to know your user base for iPhone-ready car radios, Apple said that more than 365 million iPhone, iPad and iPod devices around the globe are in use.

Apple revealed Tuesday another record March quarter for the company that announced it doubled its profit from a year ago to $11.6 billion, beating analysts estimates by a wide margin.    Total sales reached $39.2 billion, up from $24.7 billion a year ago.

Even with limited supplies of the new iPad, Apple sold almost 12 million tablets in its latest quarter as well as over 35 million iPhones.

iPhone unit sales rose 88 percent from a year ago and iPad sales jumped 151 percent.

During a press conference Tuesday night, Apple repeatedly stressed that it has more innovation in the pipeline.

CEO Tim Cook said in a prepared statement, “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

Much of the growth this quarter came from iPhone sales in China.  Apple product sales in the country accounted for about 20 percent of Apple’s  revenues for the quarter.  The company has barely scratched the surface in iPhone sales in China and has not yet shipped the new iPad to the country.

Additionally, Apple stressed the longevity of the iPad as a product and category and claimed the product has a near universal appeal to many demographics and markets including education and business, which the company has yet to mine.

Also during the quarter, Apple sold 4  million Macsr, up 7 percent from a year ago.  iPod sales continued to slide, with 7.7 million units sold in the quarter, down 15 percent from a year ago.

Source: Apple

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