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Monday, January 27, 2014
iPhone and iPad Sales Drive Apple's Revenue and Operating Profit


Apple's holiday season proved to be profitable as company sold a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter.

During the fiscal 2014 first quarter ended December 28, 2013, Apple posted record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion. These results compare to revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.9 percent compared to 38.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter's revenue.

Apple said it sold 51 million iPhones, an all-time quarterly record, compared to 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 26 million iPads during the quarter, also an all-time quarterly record, compared to 22.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple's Board of Directors has also declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company's common stock. he dividend is payable on February 13, 2014.

"We are really happy with our record iPhone and iPad sales, the strong performance of our Mac products and the continued growth of iTunes, Software and Services," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better."

In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is growing in emerging markets and that new products are coming. In addition to an iPhone with a bigger screen, the company has been exploring the release of a wearable-computing device and an expanded mobile-payments system, people with knowledge of the plans have said. While Cook didn?t specify what?s in the pipeline, he said he?s "intrigued" by letting people pay for products with iPhones.

Cook also said iPhone sales with China Mobile had had "an incredible start." The smartphone is available in 16 cities in China and will be in more than 300 by the end of this year, he said.




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