Analysts claim Microsoft Surface sales strong in retail stores

Microsoft has yet to officially comment on sales of its Microsoft Surface tablets so far. The Windows RT-based device has seen quick sell outs of its online inventory so far and some Microsoft Store retail locations saw long lines outside the day that the Surface went on sale.

While Microsoft won't talk about its first Surface sales numbers, two analysts are not afraid to give their comments. reports that, in a note to his clients, Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse stated, "We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent."

He added that so far there have been only a few returns of the Surface to those stores, and most of the returns are due to the fact that the Windows RT version of the tablet can't run older Windows programs.

Another analyst, Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest, also made a survey of some Microsoft Store locations and said that sales in those places were "strong". He added that most of the stores have already had at least one replenishment of their Surface inventories.

All in all, the first 10 days of the Surface launch seem to have been successful for Microsoft and we will see if the rate of sales continue through the busy holiday season.

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