UK sees IT hardware sales boom

Major growth will not carry through to next year though, analysts say
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The UK IT hardware market has grown 11 per cent this year, reaching a value of €19 billion (£16.1 billion), according to figures from the European Information Technology Observatory.

Sales of PCs alone this year rose by almost 13 per cent, to just under 16 million units. “Especially strong demand by private consumers is breathing new life into the PC market. That goes both for mobile devices and desktop PCs,” said EITO project manager Frank Früh.

However, the EITO expects IT hardware growth to slow to 2.6 per cent next year.

Consumer electronics, meanwhile, are set to grow just 0.1 per cent in 2011, which although modest, is a huge variation from the 2.7 per cent decline the category is projected to experience in Europe as a whole.

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