Apple's retail presence is reportedly set to expand by as many as 35 stores by September 2013, with many of them likely to appear outside of the U.S. According to AppleInsider, as part of the company's 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple is looking to fast track its international presence to be on par with what it is here in the States.

During Apple's latest quarter earnings, the company announced stagnant retail growth year-over-year. However, net sales did increase by 33 percent, or $4.7 billion in 2012, showing that customers are more interested than ever in visiting Apple stores.

"The growth in net sales during 2012 was driven primarily by increased demand for iPhone following the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, strong demand for the new iPad and iPad 2, and higher Mac net sales," Apple's 10-K filing revealed.

Perhaps it was Apple's lack of expanding retail sales growth that lead to John Browett, former Senior Vice President of Retail, being ousted earlier this week. Retail is an enormous factor when getting consumers to buy Apple gear, and the news only underlines the company's commitment to expanding its presence, both here in the U.S. and across the world.

[via AppleInsider]