According to the latest data from NPD (http://www.npd.com) — as reported by “AllThingsD” (http://macte.ch/gn5Zl), Mac sales grew 1% year-over-year for the last month of the June quarter, after falling 13% in April and 23 percent in May.
For the full fiscal quarter, Mac sales are still down 10 percent from the same period a year ago. However, the fact that they’ve recovered from that 23% decline in May “is a positive sign as we head into fall and the uptick in consumer spending that it heralds,” the article adds.
“We believe the momentum from the June Mac refresh will carry into the September quarter,” says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who published NPD’s sales data in a research note. “While the up 1% is not tremendous growth, we believe that the refreshed Macs will enable Apple to sustain a better growth profile in the U.S. through the back-to-school season.”
He expects Mac growth of 5% for the June quarter. Munster predicts that Apple will ship 4.1 million Macs.