- Sources tell the WSJ Apple (AAPL) has interviewed several candidates to be the company's next retail chief, but "has yet to settle on a final list."
- One recruiter claims potential candidates are wary of taking the job because Apple hasn't been clear about its goals.
- Apple has been without a retail head since John Browett was shown the door last October, leaving Tim Cook in charge of retail on an interim basis. Also, division VP Jerry McDougal left in January.
- Apple's retail sales were roughly flat Y/Y in FQ3 at $4.07B. The company's total revenue rose 1% to $35.3B. Apple's retail sales per sq. foot, while still the envy of many high-end retailers, is down 4.5% Y/Y thus far in FY13 to $4,542, per consulting firm Customer Growth Partners.
at CNBC.com (Nov 19, 2014)