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Global IT Spending to Rise 5.6% on Tablet Sales, Gartner Says

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Global spending on information technology will grow 5.6 percent to $3.6 trillion in 2011 helped by purchases of tablet computers including Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to Gartner Inc.

The new forecast, which compares with an initial figure of 5.1 percent growth, takes into account the surge in tablet sales, the Stamford, Connecticut-based research firm said in a statement today. Spending on tablets may rise to $29.4 billion in 2011 from $9.6 billion last year.

Apple started selling the iPad 2 this month to stay ahead of rivals running Google Inc.’s Android software and tablets from Hewlett-Packard Co. and Research in Motion Ltd. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has said tablet sales will eventually surpass personal computers.

Gartner is still evaluating the impact on spending from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Richard Gordon, a research vice president, said in the statement. The firm is considering how disruptions in the electronics supply chain will affect IT demand, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Browning in London jbrowning9@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong in Berlin at kwong11@bloomberg.net.

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