“Back-to-school Mac sales once again easily outgrew Windows PCs this year, even though Apple did not offer a free iPod touch and discontinued its education-focused white MacBook this summer,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis with NPD Group, spoke with AppleInsider this week about the back-to-school PC buying season. He said Apple’s year-over-year growth seen this summer was aided by weak comparisons from sales in 2010,” Hughes reports. “‘Apple grew much faster than the Windows notebook market did,’ he said.”

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Hughes reports, “Baker revealed that consumers tend to gravitate toward the $1,199 MacBook Pro, a model that he said is the best value in Apple’s notebook lineup. The entry-level MacBook Pro sports a 13-inch screen and a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Sandy Bridge processor. ‘Consumers are very smart,’ Baker said, ‘and they gravitate toward the things that are the best value.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]