Apple Earnings: Last-Minute Retail Data Suggest Mac Upside (AAPL)

Good news for Apple investors: Last-minute data from retail research firm NPD Group suggest possible upside for Apple’s main growth driver — Mac computers. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster analysed NPD’s Mac and iPod data and estimates:

  • 2.35 to 2.4 million Macs sold, above the Street’s 2.2 million consensus, but slightly below AmTech’s prediction of 2.5 million Macs. Caveat: NPD doesn’t include education spending, which could have been weak last quarter.
  • 10 to 10.5 million iPods, around the Street’s 10.3 million consensus

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Earlier: Apple Q3 Earnings Scorecard: All Eyes On Mac Sales, Margins, Guidance

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