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Apple reports highest quarterly revenue and profits ever

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Apple reports highest quarterly revenue everThe numbers are getting so huge for Apple that I can’t even wrap my head around them anymore. Apple announced today the results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter, which ended December 31st, 2011. If you were worried about how the company would fare without Steve Jobs at the helm, record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion ($13.87 per diluted share) should help allay your fears.

These numbers are right around double the $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

These numbers come from 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter (up 111%),  5.2 million Macs (up 26%) and 15.4 million iPods (down 21%).

Apple CEO Time Cook used words like “thrilled” and “outstanding” and “incredibly strong” when discussing Apple’s results and momentum, but most importantly, “… we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

That’s what we like to hear, Tim.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer offers the understatement of the year at this point by saying, “We are very happy to have generated over $17.5 billion in cash flow from operations during the December quarter.”

So are your shareholders, Peter.

To listen the to the Apple Financial Results Conference Call recorded earlier today, visit Apple’s press library.

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