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Average house price hits 200,000

Land Registrys latest residential property price report shows the average house price in England and Wales is 199,184.

This demonstrates an annual increase of 7.71 per cent, compared to an annual increase of 5.43 per cent for the same period last year.

The report, published today – Tuesday 8th August – covers the period from April to June 2006.

House sales in England and Wales were up by 23.76 per cent, compared with the same period in 2005. Sales in Greater London increased by 26.69 per cent.

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Apple: a stellar technology story

By Ali Unwin, head of technology sector research

Apple recently announced the highest-ever recorded quarterly net profit ($18bn), with the sale of 74.4 million iPhones helping the company deliver $74.6bn of revenue for the quarter ending December 2014. These sales were largely driven by strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Highlights included Chinese iPhone sales doubling year-on-year and unit growth of 44% in the US — supposedly a well-penetrated market. Apple ended the quarter with $178bn in cash on its balance sheet, having generated a staggering $30bn in free cash flow during the quarter.

At Neptune, we have been long-term believers in the Apple story, and continue to hold the stock in a number of our portfolios based on the company’s long-term growth prospects. This is predicated on our belief that Apple has proved thus far that it can — unusually for a consumer electronics company — maintain high margins for a sustained period of time, even as adoption of new technology slows down and competitors produce similar-specification products.

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