In the Western European retail and wholesale sector competition is heating up, according to a new competitive analysis released by Manufacturing Insights, an IDC company. In this study, Manufacturing Insights estimates that the top 12 IT vendors accounted for approximately 30.2% of the total Western European retail and wholesale industry IT spending during 2005, while the market leader, IBM, achieved more than $2.9 billion in revenue in the sector.

"IBM stands out as the leading IT vendor in the sector during 2005, while 2006 will prove to be an interesting year to assess the outcome of IT vendors' strategies for the Western European retail and wholesale industry. The common foundation in each IT product area is that the higher the retail vertical alignment the stronger the retail market success," said Ivano Ortis, program manager, Manufacturing Insights.

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