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Information Technology Sales Growth Continues

Information Technology Sales Growth Continues Sales of information technology (IT) goods and services (excluding communication services) were $6.8 billion for the 2001 financial year, according to Statistics New Zealand's Information Technology Survey. This is an increase of 3.3 percent from the 2000 financial year. Sales of IT goods and services have grown every year, since the Information Technology Survey began in the 1994 financial year, at a mean growth rate of 11.6 percent per year.

The survey mainly covers businesses that are engaged in the computer wholesaling, telecommunications and computer services industries. Businesses that manufacture IT goods may not be included in this survey.

In the 2001 financial year, total sales of IT goods and services (excluding communication services) to New Zealand end-users increased 4.0 percent to $4.1 billion. This increase is mainly the result of a 25.9 percent increase in sales to New Zealand end-users of communication hardware and cables. Sales to New Zealand end-users of computer services decreased by 1.3 percent to $1.8 billion.

Exports of IT goods and services (excluding communication services) have increased 11.7 percent to $770.2 million between the 2000 and 2001 financial years. The main increases were an 18.6 percent increase in the exports of communication hardware and cables and a 12.9 percent increase in exports of computer services.

The Information Technology Survey is jointly sponsored by Statistics New Zealand, The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade New Zealand and the Information Technology Association of New Zealand.

Brian Pink Government Statistician

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