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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Apple Computer Inc. on
Tuesday posted a quarterly profit that quadrupled as the
company sold more than 6.5 million iPods, the digital music
player that has rejuvenated the maker of Macintosh computers.
Apple said net income for its fiscal fourth
quarter rose to $430 million, or 50 cents per share, from $106
million, or 13 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 56
percent to $3.68 billion.
Analysts had expected a net profit of 36 cents per share,
on average, on revenue of $3.74 billion, according to Reuters
Estimates. In July, the company forecast fourth-quarter revenue
of about $3.5 billion and earnings per share of about 32
cents.
Apple has about a 75 percent share of the entire digital
music player market, according to market research firm NPD
Group. Last month, it unveiled its pencil-thin iPod nano, which
replaced the iPod mini, then the best-selling iPod version.
Shares of Apple trade at about 30 times estimated net
earnings per share for its fiscal 2006 ending in September and
shares of No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. , which is focused
on volume sales, trade at about 17 times its estimated net
earnings per share for its fiscal 2007 ending in January of
that year.

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