Apple is running a $200 rebate offer on PowerBooks in the US. But the offer will not be available in the UK, according to the company.

David Millar, Apple's PR manager, said: "There are no plans to run this promotion in Europe".

The rebate works in a similar way to the G4 Cube rebate, which Apple is running here. Purchasers must mail in a rebate request form with proofs of purchase and serial numbers taken from the packaging. Customers must then wait eight to ten weeks for their rebates to arrive.

Industry-watchers speculate that the offers are Apple's attempt to reduce its excess inventory, which reached as high as eight weeks last month.