APPLE SETS SALES RECORD

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Ask Siri how Apple recorded the best quarter in history for a tech company, and her answer should be: “Me.”

Apple sold a stunning 37 million iPhones last quarter, twice what it sold in the same period a year ago. IPad sales doubled to a record 15.4 million. Apple also moved 5 million Macs and 15 million iPods during the holiday quarter, which ended Dec. 31.

Apple’s stellar quarter generated sales of $46.3 billion in sales, the best quarterly sales for any technology company in history. That’s up 73% from a year ago, and it easily topped Wall Street analysts’ $38.9 billion median forecast, according to a Thomson Reuters poll.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said its fiscal first quarter profit rose to $13 billion, or $13.87 per share, more than double the profits Apple booked a year earlier.

Apple‘s iPhone sales were lifted by October’s launch of the iPhone 4S, the eagerly awaited successor to the iPhone 4. The Siri-powered device came out months later than its predecessors did in past years, sending pent-up demand sky-high for the phone.

“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

Shares of Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) rose 8% in after-hours trading. To top of page

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