the only place you will find where anyone is claiming "robust" apple sales in china is on a #$%$ free pumper message board. Like, hhmm? right here??
Everything I am reading talks about increasing inventory and declining sales....
but I am sure you know better.....
wo noisy store openings and reports of "robust" iPhone 5 sales from local carriers
Opening day at Hong Kong's Causeway Bay Apple Store
FORTUNE -- Maybe China's "Apple fever" hasn't broken quite yet.
Reports of low turnout and videos of nearly empty Apple Stores for the launch of the iPhone 5 in China helped drive Apple's (AAPL) share price in New York to a 10-month low Friday.
But a report Saturday in Shanghai Daily suggested that the media was watching the wrong stores. Traffic may have been light at the Apple retail outlets that were selling only unsubsidized iPhones (i.e. starting at US $846), but Apple's partners were having a field day selling the iPhone 5 under contract for as little as US $96. In addition to the 300,000 pre-orders racked up last week by China Unicom (CHU) -- up 50% from the 200,000 it took for the 4S last January -- the carrier sold 5,000 more before Friday noon in Shanghai alone. China Telecom (CHA), for its part, expected to sell 10,00 units in Shanghai by the end of the day Friday.
Market watchers described the city's sales as "robust."
Across the Taiwan Straight in Taipei, Taiwan's three mobile carriers -- Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) -- also drew long lines, according to the video report filed by MHz Worldview below.
Meanwhile there was no shortage of enthusiasm -- at least among the seemingly endless lines of red-shirted staffers -- at Apple Store openings in Hong Kong and Chengdu.
Watch Bloomberg -- CNBC is for #$%$ to watch -- that is why the world's trading desks leave CNBC on mute unless a quality guest is being interviewed. melissa lee needs to be deported to korea... taking her FAst Money posers with her.
When will the stock start responding to positive news? Especially when it totally contradicts previous supposed negative news!
This might also be a bit of a wake up call for China Mobile about the actual interest in the iPhone if it is subsidized. Hopefully the other carriers will gain many new users due to China Mobile's stubborn approach!