Weak iPhone Sales Shock Apple Shares

AT&T profits up, but stock takes hit after hot gadget cools
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2007 4:18 PM CDT
Weak iPhone Sales Shock Apple Shares
Early iPhone adopters wait outside AT&T for activation. Wireless sales rose 13 percent as AT&T activated 146,000 iPhones in the first two days of their release.   ((c) JenniferWoodardMaderazo)

Sales of the iPhone, the joint Apple-AT&T venture that jolted the tech world in June, have cooled—only 200,000 units moved this month, compared to an estimated 700,000 during the premiere weekend alone. Apple shares were down more than 6% today on the news. Meanwhile, AT&T profits jumped 61% in the second quarter: Bloomberg reports that the telecom giant's net income rose to $2.9B from $1.8B.

AT&T attributed its 13% rise in sales mainly to an exclusive deal with Apple to service the  iPhone, and described iPhone sales as "robust". But the nation's largest phone company, which was off nearly 1% today, was also boosted by its $86 billion takeover of BellSouth, which gave it complete ownership of Cingular, the cellular provider that has adopted the AT&T name. (More iPhone stories.)

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