Are Apple’s Macs Bucking Trends?

While PC sales might be on the decline throughout the world, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) managed to defy the trend for at least a month, as Mac sales actually went up in January.

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According to the NPD Group, Apple’s Mac sales in January increased 31 percent year-over-year  — though this figure only took into account the United States, not the world. However, the increase may not be a strong indicator of what to expect from the company’s future computer sales, as it still saw an overall 17 percent decline in Mac sales for the December quarter.

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster suggested that the reason for the upswing might be tied to Apple’s iMac computers, which were refreshed in that quarter, and demand for the latest model likely increased. But, the iMac may also be presenting trouble for the company…

The iMac may have boosted January sales, but Apple claimed that the same computer could have been responsible for the overall quarterly dip in sales. The company said its inability to produce iMacs quickly was the reason for the decline in sales, and CEO Tim Cook said that issue may not soon be remedied, which would leave the supplies for the computer low.

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For the current quarter, Munster predicted a 5 percent year-over-year drop in sales for Apple’s Macs. It doesn’t seem likely that Apple would disagree with Munster’s analysis. Even Apple’s iPods saw a bump up in sales in last month, although the device’s total sales were still expected to drop for the quarter.

While Apple may be able to snag some upward movement in these areas, the overall trend still seems to be downward. However, it is important to note that this data is all for the U.S. only; global figures will vary, though personal computers demand will still likely decline.

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