U.S. Retail IT Spending to Resume Growth in 2003 and Beyond, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 24, 2003 – While IT spending by the U.S. retail industry decreased by 3.4% in 2002 from the prior year, IDC anticipates that IT spending will increase again in the retail industry in 2003 and reach $29.6 billion by 2007, representing a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3%.


"The retail industry ended 2002 much weaker than it began the year," notes Christopher Boone, program manager for IDC's United States IT Opportunity: Retail and Wholesale program. "IT budgets were negatively impacted as the year progressed and retailers struggled to manage costs and meet profit goals. Despite the setback in 2002, we expect retail IT spending to resume growth in 2003 and beyond."

To take advantage of opportunities associated with forecasted increases in retail IT spending, IDC recommends that IT vendors do the following:

Identify solutions that improve retailers' margins

Create solutions that can be implemented in short time frames and with a measurable return on investment (ROI)

Search out business units that benefit from IT projects to get their financial support

The study, U.S. Retail IT Spending Forecast, 2003-2007: A First Look at the Year Ahead (IDC #28994), presents the 2003-2007 IT spending forecast for the U.S. retail industry by looking at ten sub-industries of retailers. This study also discusses the reasons for forecast changes from the recently published 2002-2006 Beacon III forecast update. In addition, the report includes survey data on retailers' current IT spending priorities by business function as well as a detailed summary of assumptions and their impact on the forecast. Finally, this document offers recommendations to IT vendors that target the retail industry to help them capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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