Accenture banks $64 billion in global revenues

09 October 2023 3 min. read
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Accenture has battled economic headwinds to record $64 billion in global revenues across its 2023 financial year at 8 percent growth in local currency terms – albeit with a further slowdown expected over the coming year.

Despite a $16 billion fourth quarter, global professional services powerhouse Accenture firm expects growth to slow to between 2 and 5 percent over the coming year, a far cry from the 14 percent gains recorded just two years ago when Accenture broke through the $50 billion revenue mark.

“I am extremely proud that we have achieved another strong year of financial performance,” stated Accenture chair and CEO Julie Sweet. “I would like to thank our extraordinary 733,000 people who made these results possible and focus every day on creating value for all of our stakeholders.”

Global revenue of Accenture 2010 - 2013

While Strategy & Consulting was down 3 percent to $14 billion, Accenture’s Technology and Operations service divisions were both up by 10-plus percent, contributing a respective $41 billion and $10 billion to the overall total.

The firm’s various industry groups also experienced mixed results. Health & Public Services and Resources were the top performers, both up by around 15 percent, while Communications, Media & Technology slid by 3 percent.

In geographic terms, Accenture’s North America region has crossed the $30 billion barrier, but was up by just 4 percent compared to the low double-digit gains achieved in the firm’s Growth Markets and European divisions (the latter led by a rise in banking and capital markets, industrial, and public service work) – with France, Germany and Japan cited as fourth quarter drivers.

Accenture’s Middle East geography was also noted for its strong annual growth.

“As we reflect on how our market has developed over the last year, we and our clients have had to navigate a macro environment that is tougher than we anticipated,” Sweet stated. “While it’s played out differently across markets and industries, we have seen greater caution globally with lower discretionary spend, slower decision-making, and in particular for us, a significant impact from the challenges the communications, media and tech industries have faced.”

Despite the expectation that high inflation and interest rates would continue to curtail tech spending for the foreseeable future, Accenture last year altogether forked out $2.5 billion on fresh acquisitions, headlined by Anser Advisory in the US and German tech consultancy SKS Group. The firm also committed $3 billion toward developing its AI practice over the next three years, with the aim of doubling its dedicated workforce to 80,000 over that time.

“While the pace of spending has changed, the fundamentals have not. All strategies continue to lead to technology, and companies will need to reinvent every part of their enterprise using tech, data and AI to optimise operations and accelerate growth. We are continuing to see significant demand in areas like cloud migration and modernisation, modern ERP, and the emergence of generative AI in particular, all of which represent areas of great opportunity.”

“Our clients’ generative AI bookings of $300 million in the last six months position us at the heart of the beginning of AI-fueled reinvention,” Sweet concluded.