Apple has launched its ninth Apple Store in the UK. The ninth store was opened in the Bentall Centre in Kingston, Surrey, on Saturday 17 February.

Just one week earlier the company opened its eighth store, this time in Southampton’s WestQuay shopping centre.

Apple’s recently released financial results for the Christmas quarter indicated that the company's retail operations remain strong, delivering the highest sales ($1.1 billion) “in the store's history”, according to chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.

An astonishing 28 million people visited an Apple store during the quarter – that's 13,000 visitors per store per week.

“The stores generated $89 million of segment margin, not including $232 million of associated manufacturing profit,” he said.

The company had 170 stores open by the end of the quarter and generated an average revenue per store of $6.7 million.

Through its retail operations, Apple attracted $1,139 million in revenue and sold 308,000 CPUs.

Apple has now opened stores in the following UK locations:

Birmingham, Bullring
Kent, Bluewater
Kingston, Bentall Centre
London, Brent Cross
London, Regent Street
Manchester, Arndale Centre
Manchester, Trafford Centre
Sheffield, Meadowhall
Southampton, WestQuay

Thanks to Louise Cox for the photographs of the opening of the Kingston store