2008 and 2009 have been tough on everyone, but now there is a small amount of recovery, especially for Apple.
Macs are beating PC in sales growth, even before Apple released the new Mac Book Pro in June. Apple reported shipment increases of 25% while PC shipments were only up 1%. Morgan Stanley analyst, Kathryn Huberty is predicting 2.5 million Mac sales for this quarter. Apple sold 2.2 million Macs in the second quarter of 2009, 3% less than the same quarter in 2008. Considering the current state of the economy, that 3% decline in sales is not that significant. If 2.5 million are sold, it wont be very out of the ordinary from the 2.496 million Macs sold in the third quarter of 2008. Apple’s website has also had an impressive amount of page views, almost doubling that of Hewlett-Packard (HP), who is there nearest competitor in page views.
sources: CNET News, Apple Inc.