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Worldwide IT spending is set to increase by 4.2 percent this year as cloud and mobile technologies push growth globally, according to the latest figures from Gartner.
Around $3.7 trillion (£2.28 tn) is forecast to be spent this year with enterprise software and devices showing the largest increases of 6.4 percent and 6.3 percent respectively.
In Europe, figures released at the end of last year by Gartner showed that spending in EMEA would only grow by 1.4 percent in 2013 to reach $1.54 trillion (£954bn). Again, growth in the region will be mainly driven by software and devices.
Gartner estimated that spending on mobile in EMEA would amount to $136 billion (£83.7bn) in 2012, reaching $188 billion (£116bn) in 2016. In Western Europe, both consumers and businesses are adding tablets to their portfolio of mobile devices – increasing the total mobile device market growth by eight percent in 2012.
This contrasts with a decline of five percent in the mobile PC market in Western Europe. In Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa, mobile phone shipments will dominate the market, with tablet adoption increasing through to 2016.
Worldwide devices spending, which includes PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers, is forecast to reach $666 (£410bn) billion in 2013, up 6.3 percent from 2012. But Gartner said this was a significant reduction in the outlook for 2013 compared with Gartner’s previous forecast of $706 billion (£434bn) in worldwide devices and 7.9 percent growth.
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