Key Note research has published figures for the UK computer hardware market. For 1996, the market is expected to have been worth #10.4bn.
But the value of the hardware market will not rise in proportion with the volume of units sold, thanks to falling prices and increasing processing power.
Mainframe sales are included in the data, and the slowdown in this segment of the market, while total value continues to climb, is an indication of how quickly PCs are getting into business. Indeed, figures from the National Computing Centre show that, while 56 per cent of major IT users had a mainframe in 1992, by 1995 this had dropped to 47 per cent.
The comparison between hardware spend in the UK and Germany and France is the most interesting. Although Germany spends more per capita on computer hardware, the number of PCs sold per head was higher in the UK. France falls well behind on both criteria, probably thanks to state support for its own, often non-standard, computer industry.
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