Apple confirmed today that the company has welcomed well over one billion consumers into its retail stores since the first outlet opened in May 2001. Apple’s public relations team, speaking to Current.com.au regarding a recent Australian store launch, confirmed the feat.

Apple Retail has been in business for 10 years. During this period, we have had over 1 billion visitors through our doors, many of whom are new to the Mac, as the Apple Store is the best place to learn about all the latest products from Apple.

The PR team additionally confirmed Apple’s intentions to add to its total of 330 stores across the world, adding 33 stores before its financial year comes to a close.

Our retail offering continues to grow, with Penrith the 11th store in Australia, since we opened Apple Store Sydney just three years ago. Globally we are planning to have 363 stores in fiscal 2011.

Apple’s fiscal year wraps up on September 25 but has plans to open another 33 before that time — approximately one new store every three days.

Apple’s fiscal year wraps up on September 25 but has plans to open another 33 before that time — approximately one new store every three days.

[ via MSN Tech & Gadgets ]

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