Morse Group has reported a large drop in revenue for the second half of 2001. The company Europe’s largest server reseller, blamed the fall on poor sales of servers at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
In the six months ended December 31, Morse generated a net loss of £6.1 million compared to a gain of £8.3 million in the same period the previous year. Revenue fell 26.6% to £226 million, which was largely due to a 34.4% drop in its hardware reselling business to £175.1 million. Revenue from sales of HP and Sun servers fell by 39% and 44% respectively during the period.
There were two bright points for Morse. The IBM server reselling operation that it set up in 1999 increased revenue by 69% during the half year, and its professional services division, which now accounts for 22.5% of total revenue, grew sales by 23.8% to £50.9 million. The company said it was winning IBM server market share from rival resellers.
Richard Lapthorne, chairman, said that business volumes have been stable since December, and that the company has started to see some new project activity from its clients. He said: It is clearly too soon to forecast a recovery in the sector, and we view the remainder of our financial year with cautious optimism.