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Shares in European companies that supply parts to Apple leapt yesterday after the tech giant reported the largest profit in corporate history, driven by record sales of iPhones and strong demand in China.

A quarterly profit of $18bn was the biggest ever reported by a public company, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company will release the Apple Watch (left) in April.

Apple shares were up more than 7pc on the Nasdaq by midday in New York.