US computer sales were strong over the US Thanksgiving weekend, reports claim.

Despite a possible war with Iraq and a declining economy, customers voted with their wallets, investing in new systems.

Apple's 50 retail outlets welcomed 365,000 visitors during the six-day Thanksgiving week, according to Apple senior vice president of retail Ron Johnson. He called it "the busiest week ever".

The company ran a number of promotions for its US customers during the week, including a special event from 6pm to midnight on Friday, November 29 during which customers received free gifts, special discounts and the chance to win an iMac.

Other computer manufacturers also enjoyed healthy sales, according to the Dow Jones Newswire service. HP's sales rose almost 200 per cent in contrast to last year, and Dell also enjoyed healthy trading.