Nasdaq saw Apple shares rally yesterday, following news that Apple Japan had seized 20.8 per cent market-share in the week ending January 23.

Combined Mac sales mean Apple is the second best-selling maker of desktop and portable machine in Japan. iBook sales are particularly buoyant.

On Nasdaq, Apple climbed back $4.50, or 4.55 per cent, to close at $103.3125. Its share value dropped slightly to $102.5 on the after-hours market. Nasdaq climbed 136 points across the board.

Apple-associated stocks also fared well, with Akamai, Earthlink, Motorola and IBM all making progress.