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Apple App Store 2013 sales top $10 billion

Apple has announced that sales on the App Store topped $10 billion in 2013, with December marked as the most successful month ever.

OS X and iOS device users spent over $10 billion (£6.1 billion) on the Apple App Store over the course of 2013, making it the best year the store has ever seen.

“We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior VP of Internet Software and Services. “The line-up of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”

The month of December was also the most successful month in the history of the App Store, bolstered by iPad Air, iPad mini 2 Retina and iPhone 5S parcels being found under the Christmas tree.

Almost three billion apps were downloaded from the App Store in December, helped in part by Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion that offers a selection of apps and other content for free to iOS users.

This mammoth amount of app downloads equated to over $1 billion (£609 million) in sales during the month of December alone.

The App Store developers also reaped the rewards of Apple’s success as they have now earned over $15 billion from their published apps.

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