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NPD: new MacBooks Pro contribute to 27% annual increase in Mac sales

Estimates released today by the NPD Group and commented on by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, indicate that Apple may record an excellent sales performance for Macs in its second fiscal quarter of 2011 whose results will be revealed on Wednesday.

New family of MacBooks Pro

Driven mainly by the new line of MacBooks Pro, Macs may have grown 27% in sales in Q2 2011, compared to Q2 2010. In March, specifically, annual growth may have been even higher: 47%, according to the NPD . The data show that the growth in January and February were 20% and 12%, respectively.

For Munster, Apple will reveal a total of 3.6-3.7 million Macs shipped in the quarter within the average expected by Wall Street.

Speaking of iPods, the NPD expects unit sales to have dropped from 5% to 10% while shareholders / investors predict an average annual decline of 8%. With that, Apple would close the quarter with 9.8-10.3 million PMPs sold.

Munster maintained an ?overweight? rating for Apple's shares, with a target price of $ 483. NASDAQ: AAPL closed Monday at a high of 1.34%, quoted at $ 331.85.

(via Business Insider)