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Apple’s iPhone sales rise, but 4Q earnings fall

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s latest quarterly earnings fell 9 percent as more people bought the company’s lower-priced iPhones and iPads.

The company’s fourth-quarter results announced Monday included early sales of the latest iPhones released late last month.

The models helped Apple increase its iPhone sales from the same time last year. But the average price that Apple fetched for its iPhones declined to extend a recent trend that has trimmed the company’s profit margin and depressed its stock price.

This marks the third consecutive quarter that Apple’s earnings have dropped from the previous year.

Apple earned $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per share, during the three months ending Sept. 28. That compared to income of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per share, last year.

The latest quarterly earnings topped the average estimate of $7.92 per share among analysts polled by FactSet.

Revenue rose 4 percent to $37.5 billion – about $600 million above analyst predictions.

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