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Local spending on IT devices declines

TAIPEI -- Taiwan companies spent less on information technology (IT) devices such as LCD monitors, printers, laptop and desktop computers in 2013, amid a lukewarm local economy and economic uncertainties, according to a recent report by GfK.

Such spending amounted to some NT$13.5 billion in 2013, down 6.25 percent from NT$14.4 billion the previous year, GfK said Friday, commenting on the report. Taiwan's economy expanded 2.11 percent last year, according to official statistics.

Spending on desktop and laptop computers accounted for 42 percent and and 35 percent, respectively, of total IT device spending by local firms in 2013, the report showed.

In the first two months of 2014, the amount was 16 percent less than the same period last year, GfK said.

But corporate PC renewal or upgrading are expected to drive the market starting from the second quarter, as companies are likely to renew their desktops and laptops in the coming months because Microsoft Inc. ended support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on April 8, it added.

It expressed optimism toward the market this year amid a warming global economy, but declined to provide an estimate, saying that a more accurate projection can be made after the second quarter.

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