Apple to Start Selling Watches in Stores

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Apple will begin selling some Apple Watch models in retail stores in two weeks.

The company also will make the watch available in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan on June 26, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The gadget, which went on sale online in April, so far has only been available in stores for demonstration purposes. Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri has said that Apple was aiming to balance supply and demand by the end of June.

"We're also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders," Jeff Williams, Apple's senior VP of operations, said in the statement. Except for one model, all orders placed through May will ship within two weeks. Shipping times quickly reached more than four weeks when the watch first went on sale.

The watch is currently available in nine countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, China and Japan.

--Bloomberg News