'Steady progress' at Computacenter

Which is nice

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Computacenter has recovered a little bounce in its step, reporting a "period of steady progress" for the first half of 2006.

In a trading update today, the company said UK Technology Solutions experienced strong growth, while Managed and Support Services achieved modest growth. Better margins in UK product sales "more than compensated" for falling revenues in this area.

Computacenter attributes margin improvement to a better business mix, including higher datacentre spend, strong demand from the financial services sector, and lower trade distribution sales.

In Germany, the company made a small profit for the first half, compared with losses last year, on the back of better services sales but lower product revenues. It also notes some big wins in managed services which will start contributing to revenues in H2.

In France, sales are up, but the market has experienced "strong downward pressure on margins". Upshot, losses should be lower than last year. ®

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