Brief: Apple Makes Clean Transition To Intel Chips, Sales Show

Mac sales are growing faster than PC sales overall.
Apple Computer's sales figures show that the shift to Intel processors in its Mac line has had positive results.

Apple sold 1.3 million desktop and portable systems worldwide in its third fiscal quarter, a 12% increase over the same period last year and a 19% jump over this year's second quarter.

Apple's increases are higher than PC sales overall. Research firms Gartner and IDC pegged global PC sales growth this year at 11% and 9.7% over 2005. Sequential growth of Mac sales was more impressive, since the 19% upswing far outpaced the 2.1% decline in global PC sales from the previous quarter cited by IDC.

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