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Published: 26 Feb 2019 Updated: 15 Dec 2020 Update History

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Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, import and export guidelines, statistics, legislation, trade bodies and trade publications.

The Business & Industry Guides series is produced by the Library & Information Service for ICAEW members and ACA students.

We can compile tailored key players reports, mailing lists, market reports, benchmarking reports and industry news. Our enquiry team can also research other industry-specific information, such as taxation, for you. Call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com.

Trends and forecasts

Online articles

The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.

Access to articles is provided subject to suppliers’ terms of use.

Croner-i Business Focus

Business Focus is a resource that provides Industry Snaphots for a range of sectors. These contain an overview of developments, trends and statistics for the industry together with an outlook for the future. Sectors covered include Digital and Tech.

To find out more about Business Focus, please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com.

Useful links

Consumer IT - Market Trends
Articles on the the latest market trends published by Consumer IT, an eNewsletter aimed at Europe's PC retailers, distributors and builders.

IT Industry Outlook 2019
Publication from technology association CompTIA providing insight into the trends shaping the IT industry, its workforce and business models.

Technology Trends 2019
Annual publication from PwC Strategy& looking at major trends and innovations shaping the global technology industry.

The digital, technology and computer services sectors and the EU
Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for the digital, technology and computer services sectors on working with the EU from 1 January 2021. Areas covered include employees, data, visiting Europe, services, movement of goods and EU funding.(updated Jan 2021)

Market research

Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Industry profiles and SWOT analyses

Industry profiles give an overview of market size in different countries or regions, the competitive landscape and provide a forecast of market performance. These profiles are available exclusively for ICAEW members and ACA students through the Library & Information Service.

Regional reports

Asia

Europe

Latin America

North America

SWOT analyses examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for major companies operating in this sector are available.

If you experience any problems accessing these resources, please see our online resources troubleshooting FAQ.

Other market research specialists

Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.

Euromonitor
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the computers and peripherals market from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.

IBISWorld
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors. Topics include computer and peripheral manufacture, wholesale, retail and repair. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.

Mintel
A full listing of reports covering the computing and IT industry with the option to view the executive summary and a table of contents for each report.

Industry news

Need to find the latest news on this industry sector? We can carry out industry news searches using a range of trade titles and general business sources through our databases. To discuss your requirements, please contact the enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com.

Statistics on the UK

Office for National Statistics

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:

  • number of enterprises;
  • total turnover;
  • approximate gross value added at basic prices;
  • total purchases of goods, materials and services;
  • total employment – average during the year;
  • total employment costs;
  • total net capital expenditure;
  • total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
  • total net capital expenditure – disposals;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.

The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:

  • Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment (26.2)
    See Section C: Manufacturing
  • Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software (46.51)
    See Division 46: Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores (47.41)
    See Division 47: Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

Statistics on Europe

Eurostat

Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

  • number of enterprises
  • turnover or gross premiums written
  • production value
  • value added at factor cost
  • gross operating surplus
  • wages and salaries
  • social security costs
  • gross investment in tangible goods
  • gross investment in land
  • gross investment in existing buildings and structures
  • gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
  • gross investment in machinery and equipment
  • number of employees
  • number of persons employed per enterprise.

Statistics within the database are available for:

  • Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software (G4651)
    See database section ‘SBS – trade’
  • Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores (G4741)
    See database section ‘SBS – trade’
  • Software publishing (J582)
    See database section ‘SBS – services’
  • Computer programming, consultancy and related activities (J62)
    See database section ‘SBS – services’
  • Information service activities (J63)
    See database section ‘SBS – services’

Statistics on the Americas

CompTIA

Technology association CompTIA published a Tech Trade Snapshot in May 2018. It provides data for 2017 on US tech exports including computer equipment.

Global statistics

INDSTAT

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) collects and compiles industrial statistics known as INDSTAT, which give information on:

  • number of employees
  • number of establishments
  • output
  • value added
  • total wages and salaries.

Statistics by country are available for:

  • Office, accounting and computing machinery (3000)

UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database

The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.

Figures are available for:

  • Computing machinery and parts and accessories thereof (45)
  • Laptop PCs and palm-top organizers (45)
  • Desktop PCs (45)
  • Digital data processing machines: presented in the form of systems (45)
  • Printers (45)
  • Keyboards (45)
  • Monitors (visual display units) (45)
  • Other input or output units(excluding printers, monitors and keyboards)(45)
  • Central storage units (45)
  • CD-ROM drives (45)
  • Hard disk drives (45)
  • Floppy disk drives (45)
  • Magnetic tape storage units (45)

Employment

Import and export

Trade Tariff

The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations. 

UK business guides

Business Focus is a resource that provides practical information on many small business trades and sectors. Its Business Opportunity Profiles offer detailed insights into market conditions, legal issues and the trading environment for a range of businesses. They include:

  • Computer maintenance and repair service
  • Computer shop
  • IT consultant

Mini Business Opportunity Profiles are also available and provide a general introduction to more niche business areas, including:

  • Computer hire service

To find out more about Business Focus, please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com.

Atom Content Marketing guides

The Sectors Donut from Atom Content Marketing provides practical information on starting up and running a number of small business types. Guides cover a range of areas including market research, regulations, pricing, revenue streams, costs and staffing. They include:

UK key players, ratios and trends

We can produce reports on this sector using selected information from the FAME company database. Reports are available for:

  • Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment
    UK SIC (2007) Code 26.20
  • Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software
    UK SIC (2007) Code 46.51
  • Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores
    UK SIC (2007) Code 47.41
  • Renting and leasing of office machinery and equipment (including computers)
    UK SIC (2007) Code 77.33
  • Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
    UK SIC (2007) Code 95.11

Summaries of the three types of report we can produce are given below. You can find further information, a sample report, pricing details and an online order form on our industry sector reports page.

We also operate a bespoke reports service with results tailored to your specifications. Please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com to discuss your requirements.

Key players report

Our key players report looks at the top companies (by turnover) in any one of the segments within this sector. Reports usually include the top 100 companies but in more specialised sectors with fewer than 100 companies we show all companies with disclosed figures. The reports provide data on 11 comparative fields for the last available year, including:

  • turnover;
  • profit margins;
  • returns on shareholder funds;
  • solvency ratios
  • number of employees.

Our reports enable easy comparison of the top companies in this sector against each other and against the sector median, average and standard deviation in each of the 11 fields.

Mailing list

A separate mailing list report is also available with address and contact details for the top companies in any of the segments within this sector.

Market reports

Our market reports look at the aggregated data for the top companies (by turnover) for any of the segments within this sector across all the fields usually found in a company report. The reports include data for the last 10 years* and enables easy comparison of trends for the whole sector. Reports usually include the top 100 companies but in more specialised sectors with fewer than 100 companies we show all companies with disclosed figures.

*Please note the number of companies for which data is aggregated will vary for any given year.

The market reports include sections on:

  • key financials and employees;
  • profit and loss account;
  • balance sheet;
  • cash flow statement;
  • financial ratios;
  • financial trends and changes;
  • profitability trends and changes.

Valuation

BVB Insights
Annual report providing the latest transaction multiples broken down by industry. Each section includes a summary of recent deals with EBITDA, average transaction size and expert analysis of current trends within each industry. The IT section includes Hardware - electrical manufacturing.

ICAEW members, ACA students and Forensic/Valuation Group subscribers can download an overview of the report with headline industry multiples. Information on individual deals can be supplied by the Library on request.

UK benchmarking

We offer benchmarking reports that can be used to inform your own business strategy or help you identify value-added services to offer to your clients.

Contact the enquiry team directly on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com for a report tailored to your own specific requirements.

Trade bodies

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

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