Apple Experiences Slow Start, Registers Only 9% Increase In April Sales Year-on-Year

The sale of Apple’s Mac products was off to a slow start in April based on the comparisons from same period in 2010.

According to new US sales data released by research firm NDP Group, the company registered a soft 9 percent year on year increase for Mac in April, the first month of Apple’s June quarter.

Analysts on the Wall Street are expecting a 22 percent rise in Mac sales during the current quarter, Apple Insider reveals. Analysts expect Apple to sell between 4.1 million to 4.3 million Macs in the current quarter.

The April sales figures have got analyst worried about Apple’s quarter performance. Last year in April, Apple had registered 38 percent year-on-year increase in Mac sales followed by 35 percent rise in May.

However, as Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster puts it, the April figures alone should not result in a poor quarter for Apple. He says that it was too early to make a call as the data released by NDP is only for one month and is related to US sales only.

The poor April sales are a result of a lack of big hardware updates for the Mac division.