Apple's sales figures hit by the credit crunch

Sales of Apple computers have been hit by the credit crunch according to a new report with consumers turning towards cheaper PCs. The Wall Street Journal reports that sales of Apple computers fell by 6% in January of this year compared to the same period 12 months ago.

Meanwhile the NPD group has claimed that Apple's market share has fallen from 16.4% to 13.7% over the last 12 months. In contrast PC sales have risen by 13% compared to last year's global sales figures.

With the average Mac selling for approximately $1500 compared to $580 for PCs it seems that the consumers are turning to the cheaper option in these cash strapped times. The Guardian reports that Apple may come under even more pressure later this year when Windows 7 replaces Vista on the majority of PCs.

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