Apple’s net sales in the Asia-Pacific region have risen to $14.3 billion in 2011, up 174% from the same period a year ago.
Much of that growth has come from Greater China, a region that includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted in the company’s fiscal 2011 earnings call a week and a half ago. China accounted for just 2% of sales in fiscal 2009, and 12% in fiscal 2011, he said.
“I’ve never seen a country with as many people rising into the middle class that aspire to buy products that Apple makes,” he observed at the time.
Sales in Greater China were driven primarily by “strong demand” for the iPhone 4 and carrier expansion, as well as strong sales of the iPad. Mac sales were up, too, the filing indicated.
Sales in Japan were also strong, despite the earthquakes and tsunami that rattled the northeast coast of the country this past March. Net sales were up 37% to $1.5 billion year-over-year, although the country represented a smaller portion of Apple’s overall net sales — 5% compared to 6% a year ago.
Net sales were up 56% to $13.8 billion in the Americas, making up 35% of the company’s total net sales for 2011, while Europe accounted for 28% at $9.1 billion, up 49% from 2010.