Apple quarterly profit slides 27 pct to $7.8 bn

 27 Jul 2016 - 0:09

Apple quarterly profit slides 27 pct to $7.8 bn
The new iPhone SE is displayed during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino California. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / AFP



San Francisco: Apple said Tuesday its quarterly profit slumped 27 percent from a year ago to $7.8 billion on a sharp drop in iPhone sales.

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 25, down from more than 51 million a year earlier, highlighting concerns over growth for the company's iconic smartphone and key profit driver.

It was the second straight quarter of slumping iPhone sales for the company, which until then had been seeing uninterrupted growth.

Overall revenue was down 15 percent from a year ago at $42.4 billion for Apple, which is the world's most valuable company.

Chief executive Tim Cook said the results showed "stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter."