Apple has confirmed its sixth UK retail store, this time in North London's popular Brent Cross shopping district.

The company says it is, "now hiring for the Apple Store Brent Cross in North London, set to open later this year."

Plans to open stores at Meadowhall in Sheffield and the Trafford Centre in Manchester were unveiled in June.

Apple launched its third UK retail store at Bluewater, Kent on Saturday July 9. The company also has stores in London (Regent Street) and Birmingham (Bullring).

Announcing Apple's record-setting third-quarter results in July company chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer confirmed Apple's plans to have 125 retail stores open by the end of 2005.

Seven active Apple retail stores now exist outside the US, with an eighth scheduled to open in Tokyo this Saturday.