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November 2022

May the fourth be with you: entering the final quarter with cautious optimism

The IT industry and UK channel partners have faced a range of obstacles in 2022, including supply chain issues, soaring inflation, massive spikes in energy prices, the lingering after-effects of the pandemic and the continuing effects of Brexit. As they prepare to enter the fourth quarter, what do vendors, distributors and partners expect from the final three months of 2022? Will they enjoy healthy growth, or will it be a case of battening down the hatches? Are there any factors that could help to spur growth? What are the issues most likely to act as a drag on the market? David Watts, managing director and senior vice-president of Tech Data UK and Ireland, acknowledges there is potential for a sustained period of higher inflation which could have an impact on business and consumer confidence. But he believes organisations will continue to invest in digital transformation and the IT solutions and services that make that possible. “It’s only quite recently that the many projects that were put on hold during the pandemic have been...

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