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 user 2003-09-17 at 3:50:00 pm Views: 129
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    Tech Spending Improves Slowly, But Steadily

    After more than two years of dismal spending on corporate information-technology gear, outlays are slowly but steadily improving. With corporate profits on the mend and some pent-up demand among business customers, forecasts for spending for all of 2003 are expected to come in anywhere from flat to up 5%. For 2004, spending is projected to increase 4% to 5%. In 2002, spending on technology products was relatively flat.

    “What we’ve seen is a slow but steady improvement, from a negative budget perception a year-and-a-half ago to a positive perception,” said Hugh Bishop, a senior vice president at Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based technology research firm.

    Bishop, who expects overall spending on technology to increase 4% this year, said the brightened perception of where tech budgets are headed corresponds to a steady improvement in sales by 20 large tech suppliers since the third quarter of 2001.

    In that three-month period, Bishop said combined sales fell 12% from a year earlier. In the second quarter of 2003, he said combined sales were up about 6%.