Despite the uncertainty that was generated yesterday by the news that Steve Jobs was leaving Apple for health reasons, the economic data for the last quarter of 2010 could not be more favorable: sales increased by 70% compared to last year. Figures that reflect more than 4 million Mac computers, some 16 million iPhones and 19 million iPads sold in the last three months.
According to Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of our business, which generated more than $ 9.8 billion in cash from operations during the December quarter. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 we expect sales of approximately 22,000 million dollars and a diluted profit close to 4.90 dollars per share “
These results offset the effect that the news of the loss of the co-founder and CEO of Apple yesterday had on the stock market, with a 7% drop in the company’s shares.