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Apple Stores rake in $6.1 billion in record quarter

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Apple's retail outlets set new records in Q1 2012 and brought in an unprecedented $6.1 billion in revenue, which translates to a prodigious 59% increase over results from the same time a year ago.

Among the record-crushing numbers announced during Tuesday's earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer detailed the stunning results from the company's retail division, which set records in iPhone, iPad and Mac sales during Q1 2012.

As previously reported, the launch of the iPhone 4S was a huge contributor to the moving of handsets at retail locations, with overall iPhone sales more than doubling from the year ago period. Pent up demand drove many Apple Stores to sell out of the company's newest generation smartphone at launch, leaving anxious customers to either buy online or reserve the device for an in-store pickup.

iPhone 4S demand continues at Apple Stores worldwide as evidenced by the recent Chinese launch that was postponed due to overly-eager crowds.

Apple's tablet business also surged in the last quarter as the iPad 2 saw significant gains through the holiday season. It was revealed during the call that, counting iPad sales, Apple is now the largest computer maker in the world and sold more units of the ubiquitous tablet than HP sold PCs.

Desktop and laptop sales rose from 851,000 a year prior to 1.1 million, and Oppenheimer noted that approximately half of those sold in Apple Stores were to customers who had never before owned a Mac.

The company added four new locations to its chain of 361 outlets, including the gigantic Grand Central Terminal marquee store in New York and three others in Europe. Oppenheimer estimates that with an average of 358 locations open, revenue per store hit $17.1 million compared to $12 million in 2011, marking a 43% rise.


Apple Stores like the company's Grand Central location (pictured above) earned a record $6.1 billion | Source: Apple


Facilitating the precipitous growth was a record numbers of Apple Store customers, which amounted to 110 million visitors or almost 22,000 people per store in a week. Oppenheimer added that the new EasyPay checkout process that was introduced in December helped deal with the enormous amount of foot traffic.

The segment margin almost doubled as it set a new record of over $1.8 billion and 30.3 percent of retail revenue, which beat last year's $1 billion and 26.2 percent.

Going into 2012, Target has already confirmed that it will be opening 25 Apple store-within-a-store outlets across the nation which should boost revenue, however the program may not offer as robust a lineup as current Best Buy locations. Additionally, reports have claimed that a number of official Apple Stores are being planned worldwide and should open their doors sometime this year.

Oppenheimer closed by saying that Apple's product lineup is the strongest in company history and that he is "extremely enthusiastic" about upcoming devices already in the pipeline.
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and i almost did the unthinkable last month of buying an apple product but not from apple
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and i almost did the unthinkable last month of buying an apple product but not from apple

When you buy from a third party, they get to keep some of Apple's profits. Maybe 40% of the total purchase price.

When you buy direct from Apple, none of the profits get shared with anyone else - Apple can use 100% of the profit to add to its cash balance.

This is an important fact to keep in mind.

Additionally, buying mail order gives Apple even higher profits, because those retail sales clerks and the landlords suck up profits too. What is best for Apple is to buy everything from the website. It is the most profitable distribution channel for Apple.
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i was going to buy an MBA for my wife for the sexiness factor. went to best buy to look at it and when i saw it with the MBP i chose MBP. glad i was able to see it in the store that the MBA screen is crappola compared to the MBP
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Just beware in BestBuy, they often have a special that has tiny print explaining this is the previous model, not the current one. I have seen many people walk off with what they thought was a brand new Mac, e.g. A MBA that has Snow Leopard installed. No one on this blog would make that mistake but those new to Apple have no clue and they get shafted. That particular example seemed a bargain as BestBuy showed the before and after price and the savings of several hundred dollars. In reality that model shipped with 2 Gigs less RAM, slower processor etc and an out dated OS. The brand new MBA would have been a better deal!
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From Apple ][ - to new Mac Pro I've used them all.
Long on AAPL so biased
Google Motto "You're not the customer. You're the product."
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

When you buy from a third party, they get to keep some of Apple's profits. Maybe 40% of the total purchase price.

When you buy direct from Apple, none of the profits get shared with anyone else - Apple can use 100% of the profit to add to its cash balance.

This is an important fact to keep in mind.

Additionally, buying mail order gives Apple even higher profits, because those retail sales clerks and the landlords suck up profits too. What is best for Apple is to buy everything from the website. It is the most profitable distribution channel for Apple.


3rd party's do not get anywhere near 40% of the total purchase price. On Macbook's I know personally that it's less the 10% margins
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Meant to be a reply to the post above ...

Just beware in BestBuy, they often have a special that has tiny print explaining this is the previous model, not the current one. I have seen many people walk off with what they thought was a brand new Mac, e.g. A MBA that has Snow Leopard installed. No one on this blog would make that mistake but those new to Apple have no clue and they get shafted. That particular example seemed a bargain as BestBuy showed the before and after price and the savings of several hundred dollars. In reality that model shipped with 2 Gigs less RAM, slower processor etc and an out dated OS. The brand new MBA would have been a better deal!

Lately Best Buy has been running sales on all the macs including the new ones. Right now the 13 inch Macbook Air is running at $1234. Still when you factor in taxes it's still cheaper buying online
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