Apple App store revenue back to 'robust level' in fiscal Q4, says JPMorgan
Apple's App Store gross revenue and downloads, as tracked by Sensor Tower, returned to a "robust level" of growth in the company's September-ending quarter following a slowdown in the last three quarters after a freeze on gaming approvals in China in early 2019, JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee tells investors in a research note. While app approvals in China are still only at a more moderate pace relative to the pace prior to the pause, the growth rates in non-gaming apps accelerated from late 2018/early 2019, which is driving an acceleration in growth trends for total app downloads from the iOS App Store, says the analyst. He adds that the positive quarterly App Store gross revenue and download trends support his expectations for a reacceleration in Apple's Services revenues to roughly mid-teens growth in fiscal Q4 relative to the recent low of 13% year-over-year growth in fiscal Q3. Chatterjee keeps an Overweight rating on Apple.