IT Sales Through Distribution Climb Above Pre-Recession Levels In U.S.
Recent tracking data shows 27 percent year-over-year increase.
April IT sales in the U.S. through distribution, driven by systems, storage and networking products, beat the high water levels for the corresponding period rung up prior to the start of the economic downturn, according to the most recent data compiled by the Global Technology Distribution Council.
The GTDC, a trade association for technology distributors that collectively account for some $100 billion in annual IT sales, said that April yielded a 27 percent revenue uptick year-over-year when compared not only to last year's totals but also to those of the two prior years.
"April sales in the U.S. actually came in higher than in April 2007 and 2008 as well as 2009, growing by more than 27 percent on a year-over-year basis," said Tim Curran, GTDC chief executive.
According to the GTDC data, sales of desktops and notebooks in the U.S. rose more than 25 percent off the lows recorded in Q1 2009, while storage rose 23 percent and networking climbed 28 percent.
"These categories have fully recovered and surpassed peak U.S. sales levels in the fourth quarter of 2007," Curran said.
Curran said that the market in Europe appears to have stabilized as well.
"The industry downturn hit Europe three months later than the U.S., and we're now also starting to see year-over-year growth return to various product categories in this region," he said.
GTDC data showed that computer sales in Europe climbed off the market bottoms recorded in Q2 2009 soaring 48 percent by the end of Q4 2009.
For Q1 2010, sales of storage products rose 8 percent and networking sales increased by 3 percent when measured against the similar period last year.
Curran said that some IT distributors have extended their product lines to include consumer-oriented equipment such as flat panel televisions and video products, a segment that grew last year even as other categories fell.