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CRN Exclusive: Tech Data CEO Hume On 3Q Financials, Tariffs, And The State Of Distribution

"[Tariffs are] a real crystal ball question because there are many variables that are moving around as it relates to what the tariffs will be, what products they'll cover, and whether in fact that step will be taken."

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Do you expect all those growth attributes to continue next year?

That's the $10,000 question. We all know that there's going to be a point in time where the market will be a bit more conservative as it relates to growth. But right now, that [future] is anyone's' guess. There are some headwinds, be it Brexit, be it tariffs, be it the PC ecosystem operating system transition completions. There's lots of factors that play here. And there's varying opinions as it relates to how long it will last. If I were being blunt and honest with you, certainly I'm not able to predict that. But the good news about Tech Data is that we have the opportunity and the agility to ramp up when required to serve the market and then adjust when things slow down. That’s what we demonstrated over four decades of time, and we intend to be in that same spot going forward.

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