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Apple growth expected to outpace IBM, HP

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Fri March 25, 2011

IBM and HP on track to fall behind by 2013

Forrester Research CEO George Colony has placed a prediction that Apple's growth will continue to outpace that of rivals IBM and HP. The latter companies are expected to fall behind, in terms of yearly revenue, as early as 2013. Colony anticipates Apple's revenues to exceed $200 billion during the same period of time.

"They'll be bigger than IBM next year, and they'll be bigger than HP the year after that," Colony was quoted as saying, according to a Newsfactor report.

Other analysts question the potential impacts if Steve Jobs is no longer able to lead the company. Enderle Group analyst Rob Enderle suggests the short-term effects will be minimal, but the long-term consequences could be more serious.

"Remember, every two years they have to fill that store with new stuff," Enderle said. "Without Steve Jobs as the CEO, I think it will be much harder for them to do that."

by MacNN Staff



  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rob Enderle?

    I'm sorry, but why do people even talk to this guy about Apple?

  1. davesmall

    Joined: Dec 1969


    C'mon - Enderle? You can't be serious

    To call Rob Enderle a moron would be an upgrade.

  1. chas_m



    Yes, Rob ...

    ... because Steve PERSONALLY invents every single thing Apple sells. Nobody else at Apple -- certainly not that layabout bum Jonny Ive -- contributes anything significant to the company.

    This is why "Steve Jobs" officially only collects $1 per year salary -- he is in fact all 30,000 of Apple's other core employees working under assumed names and collecting "their" pay! That's how he got so rich, y'see! The only non-Steve employees are Apple Retail workers.

    It all makes sense now ...

    (ps to non-morons: I'm don't mean to devalue the genuine and significant contribution Steve makes to various Apple products, but the idea that nobody else there could make something successful or popular without Steve is just ludicrous.)

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope they're not going to bake this growth

    prediction into Apple's share price. Expectations are already too high for this stock. Normal growth and marginal increases of revenue would only serve to make Apple shares flatter than Microsoft's or dip. It's true that Apple has some really good growth potential with China and increased Mac desktop sales. However, whether Apple jumps over both IBM and HP is also determined that both those companies don't do anything to increase their revenue. Thankfully, the world is becoming more Apple aware and with all those retail stores out there, surely more consumers are going to buy Apple products in all shapes and sizes.

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