Germany's top 25 distributors raked in collective revenues of €21.69bn, more than twice the size of the French market, where CPI found the top 25 players generate €8.95bn in revenues, and 51 per cent larger than the UK's at €14.41bn.
The 25 largest German distributors collectively grew their revenues by seven per cent in 2017. Nineteen out of 25 posted revenue growth, five suffered sales declines while one posted flat revenues on a year on year basis.
The top five players in Germany count for more than a fifth (22 per cent) of the revenues generated by the top 25.
Our findings include firms in all areas of IT distribution, including smartphone distributors, electronic component players and those working across consumer and retail IT.
See the top 25 distributors in Germany below.
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25) Bytec Bodry Technology - €174.80m
The largest European distributor of Japanese vendor Fujitsu, Bytec turned over €174.80m in 2017 - a six per cent increase on the previous year.
Its founder, Matthias Bodry sadly passed away in 2017, leaving behind a legacy that spans 40 years since it originally started business as a Unix specialist, but soon turned towards software and hardware selling.
Now Bytec Bodry Technology sells from Fujitsu, Lenovo and NetApp, but also sells software from IBM, Linux and DataCore.
24) Kosatec Computer - €179.91m
Hardware distributor Kosatec Computer sold 49 per cent of its shares to German peer Wortmann in 2013. Kosatec exists as a standalone business today.
Established in 1993, Kosatec now works with more than 120 brands and operates across nine locations in Germany.
23) Adalbert Zajadacz - €174.80m
Electrical wholesaler Adalbert Zajadacz has been in business since 1932. Today it has more than 550 employees across 25 branches in Germany. 2017 revenues were €174.80m according to our data - four per cent up on the previous year.
22) AXRO Bürokommunikation Distribution Import Export - €213.12m
This office supplies distributor claims its warehouse can stock almost 6,000 OEM products. It works with the world's leading print suppliers including Epson, HP, Brother, Kyocera and Canon and also sells peripheral devices.
Revenues were €213.12m in 2017, an eight per cent increase on the previous year.
21) Jarltech Europe - €221.30m
Hardware distributor Jarltech sells point of sale systems as well as devices such as rugged laptops and tablets. Revenues leapt by 18 per cent in 2017 to €221.30m.
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