posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Oct 2009 21:43 UTC
IconIt's getting a little bit predictable, but Apple has reported yet another stellar set of quarterly financial results. The company has sold more Macs and iPhones than the same quarter last year, but sales of the iPod were down compared to the same quarter last year. Profits and gross-margins were also up.

The results for the fourth quarter of the 2009 fiscal year are once again very good. Revenue rose from USD 7.9 billion in Q4 2008 to USD 9.87 billion in Q4 of 2009. Net quarterly profit rose from USD 1.14 billion to USD 1.67 billion. Gross margins were 36.6%, whereas in the year-ago quarter it was 34.7%.

Sales of Macintosh computers were up massively over the same quarter last year; they rose 17% to 3.05 million machines, half of which were sold to switchers. The gains were made in the portable department, which saw an increase of 35% in sales, whereas the desktop segment saw a 16% decline.

The company also sold 7.4 million iPhones this quarter, a 7% increase in unit sales. Sales in the iPod division were down 8% to 10.2 million units - of note is that sales of the iPod Touch were up 100% (!) year-over-year.

"We are thrilled to have sold more Macs and iPhones than in any previous quarter," said Steve Jobs, "We've got a very strong lineup for the holiday season and some really great new products in the pipeline for 2010."

A conference call is currently under way, and during that call, a few interesting tidbits came out. The mp3 market is dominated by Apple; it owns 70% of the US mp3 player market. iTunes is now the largest online music retailer, probably also in the United States.

All in all, Apple is doing very, very well. The entire industry is seeing increases in sales, but because of Apple's fat margins, they profit a whole lot more from them.

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