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Apple's Mac sales rise 12 percent

Apple Computer, which released its third quarter results on Wednesday, said sales of its Mac computer line rose 12 percent, fueled primarily by the company's new Intel-based product lines.

During the three month period ended June, Apple shipped 1,327,000 Macs and 8,111,000 iPods, representing 12 percent growth in Macs and 32 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

The results compare to 1,182,000 Macs and 6,155,000 iPods which the company shipped during its third fiscal quarter of 2005.

"We're thrilled with the growth of our Mac business, and especially that over 75 percent of the Macs sold during the quarter used Intel processors. This is the smoothest and most successful transition that any of us have ever experienced," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs.

Apple's Mac sales were also up sequentially, showing 19 percent growth in both units and revenues from the company's previous fiscal quarter. During the same period, iPod unit sales slowed by 5 percent, accounting for a 13 percent decline in revenues from the previous quarter.

The company's fiscal third-quarter profit of $472 million, or 54 cents a share, represents an increase of 47.5 percent from the $320 million, or 37 cents a share, a year ago.