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Information Technology Sales Fall

Information Technology Sales Fall

Sales of information technology (IT) goods and services (excluding communication services) were $7.1 billion for the 2002 financial year, down 4 percent from the 2001 financial year, according to Statistics New Zealand's Information Technology Survey. This is the first year since the survey began in the 1994 financial year that sales of IT goods and services have decreased.

Total exports of IT goods and services (excluding communication services) increased 17 percent to $968 million, in the 2002 financial year. This increase is mainly the result of a 36 percent increase in exports of computer services and a 17 percent increase in exports of computer hardware, including peripheral equipment.

Sales of IT goods and services to New Zealand end-users decreased by 6 percent to $4.3 billion.

This decrease is mainly the result of a 17 percent decrease in the sales to New Zealand end-users of communication hardware and cables, and a 5.2 percent decrease in sales of computer services.

The Information Technology Survey is jointly sponsored by Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Information Technology Association of New Zealand. The survey mainly covers businesses that are engaged in the computer wholesaling, telecommunications and computer services industries. Businesses that engaged two or fewer full-time equivalent employees are excluded from the survey.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

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