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Apple Shares Falter After Rare Earnings Miss

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Apple headquarters in Cupertino.

Apple headquarters in Cupertino. (Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons)

CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) — Shares of Apple fell Wednesday after it did something un-Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations.

Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, not the 33 percent analysts were expecting. It was a rare miss for Apple, which is the world’s most valuable company.

Apple shares fell 4.32 percent to $574.97.

Apple executives say consumers appear to be holding off on buying iPhones before a new model comes out, even though it isn’t expected until October. They also shifted their buying toward cheaper models of iPhones and iPads.

The company was also hurt by the strengthening dollar, which reduced the value of overseas sales, and by economic turmoil in Europe.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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