Apple may be plotting to launch a new UK online store for the Channel Islands.

The company has "suspended online sales to the islands while it looks into the plan", a local report states.

The company confirmed it is considering plans to open a dedicated Channel Islands online store.

Equally, Apple could conceivably open a brick-and-mortar retail outlet there, although that would seem unlikely while the company focuses on opening stores in more lucrative locations across the rest of Europe and the world.

Music giant HMV recently opened a postal order warehouse in the former Guernsey Post Office HQ.