Apple is outpacing the wider industry in sales of laptop and desktop computers, according to a recent NPD report.

As noted by MacNN, Apple is outpacing industry averages, delivering a 94 per cent increase in retail sales of its laptops in April 2007 - while the wider PC industry experienced just 14 per cent growth year-on-year, despite the recent release of Microsoft Vista.

The MacNN report also notes that laptop sales across the wider industry grew 30 per cent in the period.

Apple Mac's saw unit growth of 62 per cent overall - over four times the growth rate experienced on average across the industry.

UBS analyst Ben Reitzes predicts ac shipments will climb 25 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter 2007.

iPod sales may have dipped slightly, but cited data doesn't include Apple's international sales, the report explains.