Apple's European sales shot up in its 2006 financial year.

With sales volume of $4.1 billion, that year's European sales were more than the combined total of sales between 2002 and 2004.

Speaking to The Times, Apple's European vice president Pascal Cagni described this as "an indication of the exponential growth of this business".

European sales climbed 27 per cent, year on year. The report repeats Cagni's claims that "sales of Macs were growing three or four times faster than the overall market, and 'we continue to gain share'".