Tuesday, 27th April 2010
In Business In Japan,
Japanese retailers stop Apple sales
A number of Japanese discount electronic retailers have stopped selling items from US firm Apple, which include iPod MP3 players and iMac computers.
According to a report in Japanese business newspaper the Nikkei, the moves are at the request of Apple itself, which is said to be unhappy with the cut-price stores selling its products at lower costs.
One firm, Yodobashi Camera, is currently displaying a message on its website advising customers that should they want to buy Apple products, they need to visit they visit their stores in person.
Yamada Denki and Koijima have also taken similar steps, the business daily reported.
However, Amazon Japan is continuing to offer customers Apple products, as it does not have stores and is a solely online venture.
Apple has so far made no comment on the news. The firm is based in California and recently unveiled its latest iPad offering, a tablet computer which boasts touchscreen capabilities.
Written by Kimberley Homer
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