Apple is to enforce Euro pricing on all hardware and software products in the 12-country Euro-zone.

Participating member states include Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland.

According to David Millar, Apple UK spokesperson, Apple list prices - excluding value-added taxes - will be the same in all Euro-zone countries.

Exclusion zone Apple will price Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK - countries outside of the Euro-zone - in local currencies.

Vice-president and general manager of Apple Europe, Middle East and Africa, Pascal Cagni said: "Apple is among few companies in the IT industry ready for the Euro a full two and a half months before it becomes the official European currency.

The Euro will be the leading featured currency in Euro-zone countries with an online Apple Store.

January 1, 2002, is the date set for the full circulation of Euro coins and banknotes in Euro-zone countries. February 28, 2002, sees the withdrawal of all national banknotes.

Cagni said: "Thanks to this important effort, our business partners and customers will be ahead of the game on January 1."