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  • Avnet sales down on Euro crisis, but margin boost cheers distie

    The Eurozone debt crisis weighed heavily on Avnet's third quarter results, dragging down overall sales by just under 6% to $6.28bn (£3.88bn) as both Electronics Marketing (EM)and Technology Solutions (TS)divisions booked double digit declines r... 

  • IT insolvencies rise as UK heads back into recession

    The number of IT firms hitting the wall grew last month revealing the cost to businesses of struggling to keep trading in a double-dip recession. The latest insolvency figures from Experian might have shown that overall across the economy things rem... 

  • Business unit star performer for Virgin Media

    Virgin Media Business (VMB)has been hailed as the star performer in comms provider Virgin Media's latest quarter, with 7.1% growth in unit salesto £170.4m contributingclose to50% of the group's overall growth. Total Virgin Mediasales grew 2.4% ... 

  • Carbon rising up the channel agenda

    It's looking like June will be the first opportunity companies will have to buy carbon tax credits under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), writes David Galton-Fenzi. Any company that uses more than 6,000MWh per year of electricity (equivalent to... 

  • Apple sour on PC tablet convergence

    Tim Cook has dismissed the idea thatApple may look to converge its iPad and MacBook lines in the future,and said that while other endpoint hardware vendors may try to go down that route, it would likely be "from a defensive point of view." ... 

  • Column: The poaching clause that sounds like a closed shop

    So it looks as if Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Walt Disney and Pixar are going to have to face the prospect of a trial in a class action lawsuit claiming they conspired not to poach each other's staff, writes Billy MacInnes. According to Reuters, a ... 

  • OpenStack not yet a mature competitor, says VMware CEO

    VMware CEO Paul Maritz has dismissed Rackspace's OpenStack cloud computing project as "relatively immature" and not yet a competitive threat to the vSphere environment, saying that VMware's greater, nearer-term challenge will come from Micr... 

  • In-depth: HMRC goes real time

    Soon to be compulsory, employers need to know about Real Time Information (RTI), a project launched by the government some 18 months ago to overhaul the way PAYE is run in the UK, writes Jason Piper. The PAYE system has been with us since 1944 havin... 

  • Customer experience marketing is in the cloud of confusion

    Customers. Let's be honest, they're an expensive pain in the assets. You can never do enough for them so who'd blame you if you took a leaf out of one famous telco's book and didn't bother? 

  • Mid-sized firms losing out on talent to competition

    Mid-sized firms are struggling to secure the top talent as they miss out on some of the most attractive staff to start-ups or larger rivals prepared to give bigger salaries. There has been plenty of noise made about the attempts to rival Silicon Val...