German computer retailers are convinced Apple will open stores across Germany this year.

A report in The Business predicts the company will open retail outlets in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.

The report is based on a statement from Archibald Horlitz, head of the German computer retailer Gravis, who believes Apple to be, "99.9% certain" to open retail outlets in Germany.

Apple last week confirmed it intends opening 40 new retail stores this year, mainly in the US. A store in Rome has also been confirmed.