Apple is said to be looking at retail store locations in Berlin.

The retail team are reported to have visited Germany to examine retail locations in Kurf├╝rstendamm, the German equivalent to Paris' Champs Elysees where Apple is said to be set to open a store in 2006.

According to ifoAppleStore sources, the Berlin Apple store could open "by late 2005 or early 2006." It would mark the first store in the company's promised expansion into Europe.

Apple recently announced that two more Apple retail stores will open in the UK later this year. Speaking to analysts recently Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said: "We expect to end fiscal 2005 with 125 stores, including ten outside the US."

These 10 stores include the UK's new Birmingham store, and the one soon to open in Bluewater Kent; one in Toronto, Canada; and three more stores in Japan - in Shibuya, Sendai and Fukuoka.