Apple’s US Web traffic declined by three per cent in November compared to October.

The IT giant was the 40th most visited US-based and 41st most visited Web site worldwide in November.

The company had previously ranked 39th most visited US-based Web site in October, with its international standing maintaining its position month-to-month.

The statistics were compiled as part of a survey published by ComScore Networks, reported by Bloomberg.

Apple had 6.5 million unique US visitors in November, lagging behind Microsoft in pole position. Yahoo was placed second, and AOL third.

Some of the other tech companies to pit Apple to the post included RealNetworks in 14th place, Sony were in 26th place, and Adobe 28th.

Apple's US traffic also decreased by 21 per cent from the same period last year, but its world wide appeal only fell eight per cent since November 2001.