Apple will this month open its 200th retail store, situated at the SanTan Village shopping center in Gilbert (Arizona), US.

The store's set to open on 26 October - according to a report on ifo AppleStore. That's the same day Apple intends making Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' available for sale.

That report also observes that its been just 2,251 days since Apple opened its first ever retail store, since when it has opened a new shop every 11.7 days.

Apple will announce its financial results next week, when the company is expected to discuss its plans for future expansion of its retail arm.

The company's latest UK retail store is set to open in Lakeside Shopping Centre this weekend.