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Apple sees first sales dip in more than a decade as super-growth era falters

Update Date:2016-1-27 11:55:11 Source:BeiJing Tannet Views:761
Apple Inc forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years and reported the slowest-ever growth in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of weakening, suggesting the technology company's period of exponential growth may be ending.

The most valuable publicly traded US tech company said on Tuesday it sold 74.8 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter, ended Dec 26, the first full quarter of sales of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The 0.4 percent growth in shipments was the lowest since the product was launched in 2007.

IPhone sales were expected to fall for the current quarter over a year ago, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on a conference call with analysts.

While in the Greater China market, the company reported revenue had nearly doubled in the fourth quarter, up 14 percent than Q3.

Apple reached a revenue of $18.37 billion in the market in Q3, accounting for 24.2 percent of total revenue.

The company is beginning to see a shift in the economy, particularly in Hong Kong, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters in an interview.

"As we move into the March quarter it's becoming more apparent that there are some signs of economic softness," Maestri said. "We are starting to see something that we have not seen before."

Apple forecast second-quarter revenue of $50 billion to $53 billion, below analysts' average forecast of $55.5 billion. In the same quarter last year Apple reported revenue of $58 billion.

Apple's guidance for the March quarter implies iPhone sales of 45 to 50 million units in the March quarter, which would mark the company's first-ever decline in sales of the gadget, said analyst Daniel Ives of FBR Capital Markets & Co.

The article transsshipment from China Daily

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