statesman news service
KOLKATA, 6 JULY: According to the latest forecast by research firm Gartner Inc, worldwide IT spending is projected at $3.7 trillion in 2013, a two per cent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion. Last quarter, Gartner’s forecast for 2013 IT spending growth in US dollars was 4.1 per cent. The 2.1 percentage point reduction mainly reflects the impact of recent fluctuations in US dollar exchange rates.
"Exchange rate movements, and a reduction in our 2013 forecast for devices, account for the bulk of the downward revision of the 2013 growth," said Mr Richard Gordon, managing vice-president at Gartner. "Regionally, 2013 constant-currency spending growth in most regions has been lowered. Western Europe’s constant-currency growth, however, has been inched up slightly as strategic IT initiatives in the region will continue despite a poor economic outlook."
The forecast for spending on devices in 2013 has been revised down from 7.9 per cent growth in Gartner’s previous forecast to 2.8 per cent.
The decline in sales percentage, recorded in the first quarter of 2013, continued into the second quarter with little recovery expected during the second half of 2013. The outlook for tablet revenue for 2013 is for a growth of 38.9 per cent, while mobile phone revenue is projected to increase 9.3 per cent this year.
Enterprise software spending is on a pace to grow 6.4 per cent in 2013 and telecom services spending is forecast to grow 0.9 per cent in 2013.