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Apple's share price was hit again Monday morning after several analysts reported that the company's orders to its suppliers are down. According to Topeka's Brian White, who monitors these things on a monthly basis, February's report was the worst on record.

Below: Excerpts from several analysts' Monday notes, plus what CEO Tim Cook had to say about such reports at Apple's January conference call.

Brian White, Topeka Capital: February Apple Monitor Sales Miss Seasonal Trends. Final February sales for the Apple Monitor fell by 31% MoM, much worse than the average 8% decline

When Apple's soon-to-debut 7.85-inch iPad finally ships, it will be accompanied by a smorgasbord of third-party accessories. Manufacturers in Asia been building them for quite some time now.

Topeka analyst Brian White, who has been travelling around Asia recently, checking up on the consumer electronics companies there, said he was "blown away" by the way in which accessory providers have been ramping up for the launch of the so-called iPad mini. Some have been producing accessories for the device since September. Interesting, considering invitations for the event at which Apple will unveil

For this community's Best Appliance Store, Best of Topeka voters chose Sears in the West Ridge Mall.

Kathleen Horstick, the store's manager the past 12 years, talked about why it earned that distinction for the third straight year.

Why do you think Sears was chosen the best place to buy appliances?

Knowledgeable sales associates available to assist customers. We carry all the major brands.

About 40 years ago, Sam Walton told John Kiefer: "If you really want to see what's going to happen, you don't want to talk to old guys. You want to look at the kids. If you look at the kids in the sandbox, you can look at everything you need to know about marketing." At the time, Walton was opening up a chain of tiny variety stores across Arkansas and Kansas. The first Wal-Mart debuted in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. Kiefer's distribution business, Kief's Records & Stereo Supply, serviced the record departments in the first six Wal-Mart stores. The "look at the kids

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