AppleStore opens throughout Europe

Euro adopted as standard currency by Dell wannabe

Apple is expanding its Web-based build-to-order AppleStore across Europe. Already offering a Dell-style service to UK, Irish and Swedish customers, AppleStore will this week open its doors to buyers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland and Belgium. The company will also be pricing computers in Euros, though British buyers will still have to pay in Sterling. Apple said the stores would be open on 5 January. However, when we checked, the company's helpful Web site simply told us to come back soon. And build-to-order systems will not be offered until 16 January -- in the meantime, only pre-specced machines will be on sale through the Web. ®

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