The UK IT market grew 4.7% last year, driven by consumer demand for mobile devices, according to the GfK IT Barometer Report.
Anthony Norman, business group director at GfK, said, "We expect to see a more moderate growth rate in the first half of 2008. Current market conditions will have an impact on spending on IT hardware and software, but we do not expect this to register any negative results."
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The GfK IT Barometer concluded that much of the growth of the market in 2007 was down to the continued push by consumers for mobile devices.
Despite the continued fall in average prices, and even in the latter stages of 2007, when mobile computers were given away free with broadband subscriptions, the value of the laptop market grew by 23% in 2007.
This is set against a fall in the value of desktop computers of 8%. And the PDA market dropped a massive 31%.
Segments up in 2007
- Gaming devices, up 68%
- PC mini-speakers, up 23%
- Storage devices, up 23%
- Laptops, up 23%
- Mice, up 15%
Segments in decline in 2007
- PDAs, down 31%
- Multi disk drives, down 21%
- Boxed software, down 11%
- Smartphones, down 9%
- Desktop PCs, down 8%