Apple continues to buck seasonal trends, according to Merrill Lynch.

Analysts there report that while April's demand for computers has slowed down, Macs remain "hot' products.

The analysts report that Apple's retail stores in the US continue to see "extremely high" activity levels, levels reflected too at Appel's UK stores, Macworld can report.

Reflecting the company's success, Apple UK has seen Mac shipments climb 27 per cent year-on-year, IDC told Macworld yesterday.