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Apple employees number more than 60,000

Around 60 percent working in Apple Stores

Apple has a total of 60,400 full-time employees worldwide, according to a form filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The 10-K form, spotted by Apple Insider reveals that the number of employees had jumped from 49,400 to 60,400 in 2011, with 36,000 - around 60 percent - working in Apple Stores.

The total amount of owned or leased building space has grown to 13.2 million square feet, up from 10.5 million. The number of square feet dedicated to retail was 3 million, up from 2.5 million. Apple added 40 new stores in the past 12 months - 12 in the US, 28 in the rest of the world - and now has 357 stores worldwide.

Apple sold a total of 72.29 million iPhones, 32.39 million iPads and 42.62 million iPods in the 2011 fiscal year. The iPhone accounted for over 40 percent of Apple's net sales, generating $47bn (£29.3bn) in revenue, while iPad revenue grew by 311 percent to $20.36bn (£12.7bn).

The form for the 2011 fiscal year that ended on 24 September also confirms that Apple has $81.6bn (£50.9bn) in cash reserves, plus other investments. It spent $933m (£582m) on advertising in the period and overall spending grew 37 percent to over $10bn (£6.2bn), up from $7.3bn (£4.5bn) in the previous 12 months.

Apple's gross margin for the year moved up to 40.5 percent from 39.4 percent last year, due to "lower commodity and other product costs" according to the filing.


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