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Why future projections for Apple are gloomy even after 38 per cent rise in profits

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San Francisco:  Apple announced on Tuesday its profits rose 38 percent in the second quarter due to a surge in iPhone sales.

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However, Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed concerns over the rising competition. “The gap is widening between us and our competitors,” Tim Cook said in an interview with the newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company earned $10.7 billion during this period, its fiscal third quarter, compared to $7.74 billion in the same quarter of 2014, equivalent to earnings of $1.85 per share, reported EFE.

It sold 47.4 million iPhones in the second quarter, 35 percent more than the same period last year and more than double from four years ago. iPhone sales in China too, more than doubled to $13.2 billion.

In total, iPhone sales contributed $31.4 billion, a 59 percent rise over last year, owing to an average $100 increase in their prices.

Apple Watch concerns?

The company did not share information on the sales of the Apple Watch, which they recently began to sell, although Cook said it exceeded internal expectations.

The gross margin of the company’s profit was 39.7 percent, as opposed to the expected 38.5 percent to 39.5 percent.

Apple shares, however, fell 6.7 percent in after-hours trading at Wall Street, owing to what analysts called gloomy projections for coming months.

The company forecast revenue of $49 billion for the third quarter ending in September, against analysts’ expectations of $51.13 billion.

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Out of Total Tax Fine of $15 billion, Apple Pays $1.77 billion to Irish Government

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

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Apple has paid $1.77 billion of total $15 billion to the Irish government as it begins to collect tax and interest into an escrow account set up to hold the sum.

“This is the first of a series of payments with the expectation that the remaining tranches will flow into the fund during the second and third quarter of 2018 as previously outlined,” the Irirsh Times quoted Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as saying after the first transfer.

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

Meanwhile, Apple and Ireland are still pursuing appeals against a 2016 European Commission’s decision saying the iPhone maker’s tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law.

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Apple pays fine to Ireland Government. Wikimedia commons

In 2016, the EU ordered the iPhone maker to pay almost $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland as it believed Ireland had not been collecting enough taxes and instead had been giving companies like Apple too big of a break on its already low 12.5 per cent tax rate.

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Apple has reportedly moved its cash to the small island of Jersey off the south coast of England to avoid further Irish taxation, CNET said in a report.

The Irish government expects that all of the money would be transferred by the end of September. (IANS)

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