Apple U.S. Mac sales flat in November

Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:48am EST

Apple computers are seen on the opening day of Paris Apple Expo 2005 in this September 20, 2005 file photo. Apple witnessed flat year-over-year overall sales in the United States for its Macs in November, while sales of rival Microsoft Corp's <MSFT.O> Windows PCs were up 7 percent, according to research firm NPD Group Inc, which tracks retail sales. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Apple computers are seen on the opening day of Paris Apple Expo 2005 in this September 20, 2005 file photo. Apple witnessed flat year-over-year overall sales in the United States for its Macs in November, while sales of rival Microsoft Corp's <MSFT.O> Windows PCs were up 7 percent, according to research firm NPD Group Inc, which tracks retail sales.

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(Reuters) - Apple Inc witnessed flat year-over-year overall sales in the United States for its Macs in November, while sales of rival Microsoft Corp's Windows PCs were up 7 percent, according to research firm NPD Group Inc, which tracks retail sales.

Sales of desktops were down 20 percent overall, with Windows desktops sales falling 15 percent and Macs down 38 percent.

Apple's notebook sales, however, were up 22 percent in November, while Windows sales rose 15 percent.

"For notebooks, there is a little extra value to consumers (to buy Apple). For desktops I'm not so sure," NPD analyst Stephen Barker told Reuters. "To me the real story is the iMacs need a refresh."

IDC, which tracks sales of technology products, said earlier this month that it expects global PC sales to fall 5.3 percent next year to $267 billion.

Apple and Microsoft could not be immediately reached for

comment. (Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore and Peter Henderson in San Francisco)

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