Apple has confirmed it plans to open a new retail store in Sydney, Australia and its long-awaited shop in Glasgow, Scotland this year,

Speaking to analysts last night, the company's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer confirmed the company opened seven new shops in its just gone March quarter – and promised more openings across the coming year,

"We opened seven new stores during the quarter, ending with 177 stores. With an average of 172 stores open during the quarter, average revenue per store was $5 million," he said.

Apple's chief accountant claimed that over 21.5 million people visited an Apple retail store during the quarter, a 79 per cent increase in traffic since the same quarter a year ago.

"Over 21.5 million people visited our stores during the quarter, representing almost 10,000 customers per store, per week," Oppenheimer said.

Apple's retail operations drew in $855 million – up 34 per cent.

The store chain sold 275,000 Macs during the quarter – up 79 per cent, year-on-year. Over half of these purchases were made by users who were new to the platform, he added.

He also confirmed Apple will use its high street retail chain to promote what he called, "the biggest launch of all time, the iPhone, in late June."