Sales of 1,377,000 systems including over 700,000 iMac™ consumer desktops and 235,000 iBook™ consumer portables, drove unit growth of 46 percent year-over-year, outpacing the industry average. IDC is currently forecasting total worldwide industry unit growth at 17 percent for the December quarter compared with the year-ago quarter.
“We are delighted that Apple is delivering strong growth on every front—revenues, profits and units—and in particular that our unit growth last quarter was 2.5 times higher than the industry average, which leads directly to market share growth,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple also continues to deliver the best asset management in the industry, ending the quarter with less than one day of inventory.”
“Strong earnings combined with superb operational efficiency resulted in positive cash flow from operations of $373 million,” said Fred Anderson, Apple’s CFO. “Apple finished the quarter with over $3.6 billion in cash and short-term investments, and over $5 billion if the Company’s investments in ARM and Akamai Technologies, Inc. are included.”
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