Apple Computer said strong demand for its PowerBooks and PowerMac G4s helped it achieve a 72 per cent leap in profit during its most recent financial quarter.
Revenue for the fiscal second quarter, ended 1 April, increased 27 per cent to $1.94bn, while net profit reached $233m, or $1.28 a share, compared to $135m, or 84 cents a year ago.
Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, said: "We are thrilled with the quarter, especially the strong demand for our PowerMac G4s and new PowerBooks."
The company's chief financial officer, Fred Anderson, said Apple cut costs during the quarter because it did not have to spend as much shipping products via air freight as it did last quarter when the iBook and iMacs were in short supply.
The figures included a $73m tax gain from the sale of its shares in ARM Holdings. Excluding the item, net profit increased to $160m, or earnings per share of 88 cents, bettering the 81 cents a share earnings estimate by analysts surveyed by First Call.
International sales accounted for 51 per cent of Apple's revenue for the period.
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