∞ Apple reports $5.99 billion second quarter profit

Apple on Wednesday reported a fiscal second quarter profit of $5.99 billion. Apple said it did $24.67 billion in revenue for the quarter.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]In the same quarter last year Apple post revenue of $13.5 billion and a quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, the company said in releasing the fiscal results. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“With quarterly revenue growth of 83 percent and profit growth of 95 percent, we’re firing on all cylinders,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year.”

Apple said it sold 3.76 million Macs during the quarter, a 28 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. It also sold 18.65 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 113 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter and 9.02 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 17 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

Apple also said it sold 4.69 million iPads during the quarter.

Looking ahead to the third quarter, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said he expects revenue of about $23 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $5.03.

Apple stock closed up $4.55 or 1.35 percent at $342.41. In after hours trading the stock is up $0.59 or 0.17 percent at $343.