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The Trillion Dollar Apple

After breaking fiscal records earlier this year, many economists and industry leaders claim Apple is set to become the world's first $1 trillion company. Track Apple's rise to power and see how the tech company must grow in order to hit that $1 trillion mark.

Making History


- August 20, 2012: Apple shares close at $665.15
- Apple sets a new world record with a market capitalization of $624 billion
- Top economists predict Apple's value to exceed $1 trillion sometime between August 16, 2013 and April 9, 2015 - at 11 a.m., to be precise

Growing The World's Most Valuable Company

Apple's net sales in billions USD


- 1981: $0.34
- 1982: $0.58
- 1983: $0.98
- 1984: $1.5
- 1985: $1.9
- 1986: $1.9
- 1987: $2.7
- 1988: $4.1
- 1989: $5.3
- 1990: $5.6
- 1991: $6.3
- 1992: $7.1
- 1993: $8.0
- 1994: $9.2
- 1995: $11.1
- 1996: $9.8
- 1997: $7.1
- 1998: $5.9
- 1999: $6.1
- 2000: $8.0 2001: $5.4
- 2002: $5.2
- 2003: $6.2
- 2004: $8.3
- 2005: $13.9
- 2006: $19.3
- 2007: $24.6
- 2008: $37.5
- 2009: $42.9
- 2010: $65.2
- 2011: $108.2
- 2012 (as of Q3): $156.5
- 2011 total sales: $108.2 billion
- That's more than the GDP of 160 different countries!

Year End Stock Prices


- 1981: 22.125
- 1982: 29.875
- 1983: 24.375
- 1984: 29.125
- 1985: 22.00
- 1986: 40.50
- 1987: 84.00
- 1988: 40.25
- 1989: 35.25
- 1990: 43.00
- 1991: 56.375
- 1992: 59.75
- 1993: 29.25
- 1994: 39.00
- 1995: 31.875
- 1996: 20.875
- 1997: 13.125
- 1998: 40.9375
- 1999: 102.8125
- 2000: 29.75
- 2001: 21.90
- 2002: 14.33
- 2003: 21.37
- 2004: 64.40
- 2005: 143.78
- 2006: 84.84
- 2007: 198.08
- 2008: 85.35
- 2009: 210.732
- 2010: 322.56
- 2011: 405.00
- 2012 (year high): 705.07

Getting There

How Apple can reach $1 trillion


- Apple's market cap must increase by some $400 billion
- Apple's value increased this much between 2008 and 2012
- Current number of Apple shares: Approximately 940 million
- Value of shares necessary to achieve a market cap of $1 trillion: $1,072
- If Apple can grow at 20% each year, they should hit the trillion mark in 2015
- 40%: Apple's current growth rate Apple's Amassed Retail Army
- 17%: Amount of the U.S. technology market that Apple controls
- Growing number of regular employees
- 2009: 34,300
- 2010: 46,600
- 2011: 60,400
- 2012: 72,800
- 393: Number of Apple retail stores
- $5,647: Average sales per square foot of Apple store
- 435 million: Global number of Apple customers (based on number of credit cards registered through iTunes)
- That's 6% of the global population! Total Number Of Products Sold
- iPod: 350 million
- iPhone: 192.6 million
- iPad: 84 million
- Macintosh computers: 212 million
- iTunes song downloads: 16.5 billion
- iPhone App Store downloads: 2 billion With the latest fiscal results, Apple marches ever closer to that $1 trillion mark! Q3 2012 fiscal findings
- Regional revenue increases
- Americas: 26%
- Europe: 16%
- Japan: 33%
- Asia Pacific: 25%
- Retail: 17%
- $32.023 billion: Total Q3 2012 revenue
- That's a 23% year-to-year increase!


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