“Apple suppliers had a particularly strong month of April, suggesting that shipments to the iPhone maker may have been stronger than their traditional seasonal average as the company ramps up for new product introductions, new data shows,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald keeps tabs on Apple’s supply chain with his monthly ‘Apple Barometer,'” Hughes reports. “With preliminary April sales for 97% of tracked Apple suppliers now reported, White found that sales were up 7 percent month over month, he said in a note to investors Wednesday.”

“Over the last 9 years, Apple suppliers have seen their sales fall 1 percent month over month in April,” Hughes reports. “White said his data shows this year may have been close to a record for suppliers’ month-to-month growth in April.”

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