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US And Global IT Market Outlook: Q2 2009

More Weakness Ahead, But The Worst Declines Are In The Past

June 29, 2009

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To paraphrase the title of Richard Fariña's 1960s novel, "been down so far it looks like up to me" is an apt description of the US and global IT markets at mid-year 2009. While the Q1 2009 tech market indicator data ranged from bad to ghastly, we think that the US tech market is more than halfway through the downturn, and the global IT market is not far behind. The very weak Q1 results in both the US and the global market, and likely similarly poor results in Q2, mean that our 2009 growth forecasts are lower than before, with the US IT market now expected to shrink by 5% in 2009 and the global IT market to drop by 11% in US dollars. Computer and network equipment vendors have been especially hard hit, with licensed software revenues and IT outsourcing also weak. However, the weak results in the first half of 2009 also mean that the market will hit bottom sooner, setting a low base from which positive year-over-year growth will start to occur in Q4 2009 and into 2010. Vendors can start to look beyond the downturn and get prepared for a strong tech recovery in late 2009 and 2010.

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Table of Contents

  • The US Tech Sector Will Hit Bottom In Q3 2009, Start To Recover In Q4
  • Global IT Purchases In Dollars Will Decline By 11% In 2009
  • US Q1 2009 IT Purchases Data Was So Bad It Was Good
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Time To Get Ready For The Tech Recovery In 2010
  • ALTERNATIVE VIEW

  • A Recession That Lasts Into 2010 Would Drive Down Tech Investment
  • Supplemental Material
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