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Macintosh Sales Drop 9.7% in Q1


Market research firm Computer Intelligence reports that Apple Mac sales dropped 30 percent to 50 percent in April and May over a year ago, worse than the 20 percent drop forecasted by insiders. Apple will announce second-quarter financial results this month. The company's sales dropped 9.7 percent in the first quarter.

Part of the slowdown is a result of product recalls as well as an overall slump in the PC market. Many distributors and dealers (this one included) are still reporting strong demand for Macintosh systems.

Apple executives have predicted year-to-year sales declines throughout the remainder if the year. The company reported a $740 million loss in March, and CEO Gilbert Amelio has been scurrying to assemble a new management team and sales plan to turn the company around.


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