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Enterprises' IT and marketing expenditure, 2015:

Enterprises' software expenses increased in 2015

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2016-10-28 9.30

Enterprises' total IT expenses, that is, expenses for computer equipment, telecommunication equipment and software in 2015 amounted to nearly SEK 49 billion in current prices. This corresponds to an increase of about SEK 16 billion compared with 2009. The change from 2014 and 2015 is not statistically significant.

In 2015, enterprises' purchases of IT services amounted to nearly SEK 52 billion. Enterprises' IT leasing expenses have nearly halved since 2011, from nearly SEK 10 billion to just over SEK 5 billion.

IT expenses for enterprises

Enterprises' software expenses have increased in five of the six last years, from about SEK 18 billion in 2009 to nearly SEK 28 billion in 2015. In the last three years, the growth rate has increased. From 2009 to 2012, expenses increased by nearly SEK 3 billion, while the increase between 2012 and 2015 amounted to just over SEK 7 billion. Enterprises' expenses for computer equipment and telecommunication equipment remained largely at the same level in 2015 compared with 2014.

Enterprises' IT expenses, 2009–2015, SEK billions, current prices


Enterprises' software expenses, selected industries, 2009–2015, SEK billions, current prices


Enterprises' software expenses increased in industries that already had fairly extensive expenses. Figure 2 shows software expenses for the five industries with the largest expenses. Other industries have less than SEK 1 billion in expenses per year. As the table shows, expenses in all five industries have increased. An interesting development is that software expenses in the manufacturing industry increased from SEK 3.7 billion 2009 to SEK 4.7 billion in 2015. In financial and insurance activities, the corresponding increase was from SEK 3.1 billion to SEK 7.3 billion. This increase is nearly four times larger compared with the manufacturing industry. Software expenses in enterprises in the trade sector also increased significantly, from SEK 2.4 billion to SEK 4.7 billion. Enterprises' software expenses increased among enterprises in all size classes.

Enterprises' expenses for advertising and marketing

In this year's survey, enterprises have been asked for the second year in a row to report expenses and investments in advertising and marketing. Enterprises have not previously answered questions of this kind. Production of this statistic is of an experimental nature and the statistic should therefore be interpreted and used with caution. A correction of internal expenses for advertising and marketing in 2014 was made in connection with publication of expenses in 2015.

Definitions and explanations

Expenses refer to purchase of computers and telecommunication equipment and software, as well as renting and leasing of computers and telecommunication equipment. IT services were also surveyed, broken down into internal and external purchases.

Expenses for advertising and marketing refer to external and internal expenses for advertising and marketing. Internal expenses were in the form of the number of full-time employees at the enterprise who worked with advertising and marketing. External expenses were in the form of advertisements, consultants and the like. Investments in advertising and marketing have been defined as the percentage of total expenses for advertising and marketing with an estimated duration of one year or more.

The population is made up of enterprises with 10 or more employees with operations, according to NACE 2007, in mining and quarrying of minerals (B), manufacturing (C), supply of electricity, gas, heating and cooling (D), water supply (E), construction industry (F), trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G), transport and storage (H), hotel and restaurant industry (I), information and communication industries (J), financial operations (K), real estate service (L), business services (M), renting, real estate services, travel industry and other support services (N), culture, entertainment and leisure (R), and other service operations (S). The enterprises are divided into three size classes: 10 – 49 employees, 50 – 249 employees and enterprises with 250 or more employees. The population is based on the information in Statistics Sweden's Business Register. The frame that is used is from November 2014.

All amounts are in current prices.

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