Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster had access to new domestic data from the NPD Group yesterday that points to the possibility of Apple breaking a new record for Mac sales in the fiscal quarter ending in September: 3.8 million 23 % more than in the same period last year and 9.5% more than in the last quarter.
This sales performance would place Apple above Wall Street forecasts, which today are based on 3.7 million Macs for the quarter. United States sales data imply growth, in units, between 21% and 24%. At the same time, according to data collected between July and August, the average selling price of Macs fell 2.9% compared to 2009.
The NPD also outlined forecasts for iPods, estimating that Apple will sell between 10 and 10.5 million units in the period. This would be equivalent to a loss of 2% up to a growth of 3% in relation to the figures of last year. However, they are even more obscure than Macs, due to the arrival of new models and great international participation in the mix of iPods much larger than that of Macs.
Overall, Piper notes that Apple's international growth appears to be outpacing domestic (in the US) in both product segments. The firm maintains an ?overweight? rating for NASDAQ: AAPL, with a target price of $ 371.