Apple sees iPhone sales rebound in China after dismal February

Apple’s iPhone sales in China look like they’re starting to recover from the coronavirus.

The tech giant shipped roughly 2.5 million iPhones in the country in March, up from a disastrous February where it moved just 500,000 units thanks in part to a closure of all Apple retail stores in the country.

Total mobile phone chipments in China totaled 21 million, according to data from the government-run China Academy of Information and Communications technology. It represents a three-fold increase from February, but is still down 20 percent from March 2019.

Retailers in China, including Apple, began resuming operations by early March.

Earlier this month several Chinese online retailers slashed prices on iPhone 11 models. Apple has let third-party sellers in China offer discounts in the past in order to spur demand.

Apple last month closed all of its retail stores outside of China indefinitely in order to “reduce density and maximize social distance” in the fight against the coronavirus, according to CEO Tim Cook.

The company announces its quarterly earnings results on April 30.

Shares of Apple were up 4.3 percent Tuesday afternoon, at $285.01.