Apple will open its seventh Japanese retail store in Sapporo, Hokkaido, this Saturday.

The 330-square-metre store will be Apple's first shop in the North of the country. It joins the company's two existing stores in Tokyo and its individual stores in Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Fukuoka.

The company confirmed plans to open ten more retail stores outside the US this year. It revealed the news during its financial analysts call when it revealed its second quarter 2006 financial results.

Apple claims 18.1 million visitors popped in to an Apple store during the last quarter. With an average of 138 stores open in any given week of the period, this equates to 10,000 customer visits per store, per week.

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