The UK channel is leading the European IT market out of recession according to Context figures as rising product sales in January finally ended eleven consecutive months of declines.
Business and consumer sales across the top sixty five distributors in the region reached €2.7bn (£2.43bn), up 2% on the year ago period, with the UK up 5.4%, higher than the 4% achieved by Germany and 3.3% in France.
"During the last year, we have seen technology distributors affected by the downturn in IT spending for both consumers and businesses alike," said Context co-founder Jeremy Davies.
"Although it's early days, with sales moving into positive growth for January 2010, we could be seeing the beginnings of a recovery in the sector," he added.
Surprisingly desktops were the "star performer" in the month said Context with revenues up in the region by 11%, indicating that the long awaited corporate refresh is starting to take place. Overall PCs sales increased 2%
"Coupled with the improvement in sales of servers, indications are that Europe's business customers could be beginning to implement the long anticipated IT equipment refresh cycle," said Davies.
In another twist, notebook unit sales went up 12% in January year-on-year but fierce competition among the main protagonists caused revenues to grow just 1%.
Telecommunications kit was the best performing area of the channel with sales up 173% on last year, mobile phone revenues rose 112% and Smartphone sales soared 226%.
The worst performing countries in the region included the Nordics and Austria where sales declined 3.5% and 4.4% respectively.