London - Worldwide IT spending was expected to rise 4.2% in
2013 to $3.7 trillion, a pick-up from 1.2% growth forecast for last year as the
gloom hanging over businesses and consumers starts to lift, industry research
firm Gartner said.
Much of the uncertainty surrounding prospects for an upturn
in global economic growth is nearing resolution, managing vice president
Richard Gordon said. "As it does, we look for accelerated spending growth
in 2013 compared to 2012."
Spending on devices like PCs, tablets, mobile phones and
printers was forecast to reach $666bn, up 6.3%.
The rise was below the 7.9% Gartner previously forecast,
partly due to increased price competition from android devices in the tablet
Worldwide enterprise software spending would rise 6.4% to
$296bn, Gartner said on Thursday, driven by the security, storage management
and customer relationship management sectors.
Telecom services, which continue to be the largest IT
market, would be flat over the next few years as higher revenue from mobile
data services was offset by declines in fixed and mobile voice services
markets, Gartner said.
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