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Apple's Quarterly Results

Apple announced their Q2 2005 results yesterday (announcement here, conference call coverage here). I was honestly astounded:

For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $290 million, or $.34 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $46 million, or $.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $3.24 billion, up 70 percent from the year-ago quarter...

Apple shipped 1,070,000 Macintosh® units and 5,311,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 43 percent increase in CPU units and a 558 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Just when I was wondering if perhaps the iPod frenzy had cooled down a bit, they sell five million iPods in the quarter -- six and a half times as many as in the same quarter last year? And a 43 percent increase in CPU units? Clearly some of that is due to the Mac mini, but the hypothesized "halo effect" -- iPod purchasers later switching to the Mac -- must be real.

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