Apple Watch to go on sale in Best Buy in US

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Wearable was previously only available directly or in high-end boutiques but will be sold in US electronics retailer from early next month

Apple has expanded availability of its first wearable after announcing the Apple Watch will go on sale in US electronics chain Best Buy from early August.

The wearable, which went on sale on April 24, has so far only been available directly from Apple or in high-end boutiques such as Dover Street Market in London.

Best Buy, the biggest electronics retail chain in the US, will become the first major chain store other than Apple to stock the wearable, giving hope to the likes of Carphone Warehouse in the UK, who have previously expressed interest in ranging the device.

“The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it,” said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Apple Watch has only been available in Apple Stores since June due to supply issues, the manufacturer said. It is currently being sold in 680 locations around the world, compared with the iPhone which is available in 220,000 locations.

Apple refused to disclose sales figures for the Watch during its latest quarterly financial results, but analysts predict somewhere between 2.5 million and 4.5 million Watches have been sold so far – significantly more than the 750,000 Android Wear devices sold in the whole of 2014, according to Canalys.

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