For the first time in the 18-month history of IDC FutureScan, all the indicators have lined up to depict an expectation of 5 percent growth in U.S. IT spending this year.

Buyer expectations come in with an index value of 1047 (4.7 percent expected growth), vendor revenue forecasts come in at 1045, and the macroeconomic indicator at 1059. IDC's most recent forecast for U.S. IT spending growth in 2006 is 5 percent.

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