UK pharmaceutical firms to reduce IT spending

UK pharmaceutical firms will scale down their investment in IT equipment during 2008, according to research.

Ten per cent of the companies surveyed said they expect to increase investment in tangible assets such as buildings and equipment over the coming year, with 54 per cent expecting to maintain current investment levels - but 36 per cent anticipate they will scale down the money they spend.

Nearly two thirds (64 per cent) said they expected the pharmaceutical industry as a whole to face increasingly difficult economic conditions.

Pharmaceutical and healthcare firms have traditionally been high spenders on IT equipment, and any significant slowdown in investment is likely to have a knock on effect on the IT industry as a whole.

The survey, commissioned by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and conducted by ComRes, polled 101 UK based pharmaceutical firms during March.

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