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Mar 4 2013   11:55PM GMT

IDC report: Enterprise IT spending to grow 6% in U.S.

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U.S. enterprise IT spending, including money spent on hardware, software and IT services, is expected to grow by 6 percent, or $474 billion, in 2013, according to a new report from IDC, the United States Black Book, 4Q12.

The 2013 IT spending forecast, which looks at 15 enterprise industries, reflects a U.S. economy that IDC expects to stabilize in the second half of 2013, leading to moderately strong IT spending growth. IDC’s Black Book is a database of IT spending information that’s continually updated with quarterly releases.

The 2013 forecast is up slightly compared with 2012’s; IDC predicted enterprise IT spending would be $447 billion, which represented a 5.98 percent year-over-year increase.

Companies in Arizona, North Dakota, Utah and Texas are expected to show the highest rates of growth in the country in 2013, at more than 7 percent across all industries. “The rates of growth in these states is the highest when compared to growth in these states last year,” said Natasha Menon, research analyst in the Global Technology & Industry Research Organization at IDC.

IT spending is expected to be higher in healthcare, manufacturing and professional services businesses in these states, with IT spending aligning with economic projections for employment growth, added Menon, noting that healthcare, professional services and consulting services are among the fastest-growing vertical sectors at 8 percent.

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