MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 February 2011

Channel facing rough ride as reseller insolvencies spike A spike in insolvencies during Q4 and higher incidence of bad debts hitting distribution last month indicate that the channel could face a rough ride in 2011.

Channel facing rough ride as reseller insolvencies spike

A spike in insolvencies during Q4 and higher incidence of bad debts hitting distribution last month indicate that the channel could face a rough ride in 2011.

Many resellers and distributors cut costs early on in the recession to counter the slowdown and low interest rates helped highly-geared firms keep on top of monthly repayments.

Insight prepares for $10m impact of Microsoft fee cuts

Insight Enterprises is making plans to "mitigate" the pending changes to Microsoft LAR fees that it estimates will impact gross profits by many millions of dollars in 2012.

2e2 appoints broker to seek buyer for Morse units

2e2 is testing the waters ahead of a possible sale of its businesses in Ireland and Spain, which it inherited during last year's Morse acquisition.

Coalition cuts put pricing pressure on Phoenix

In an interim trading statement, Phoenix IT has admitted it is seeing price pressure in its partner division, "some of which is attributable to the Government's cost-cutting measures".

Ingram Micro reveals progress in the cloud

Ingram Micro is "actively" assembling a cloud portfolio in EMEA to stake its claim early in the development of the market.

Avaya distributors rue components shortages

Computacenter stumps up £17.6m for Top Info

Daisy acquires competitor O-bit Telecom

Nokia Microsoft deal will 'disrupt' mobile market

Avnet CEO Vallee steps down to drive acquisition strategy

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