Statistics released by the Hubei Information Industry Department show the province’s information industry achieved estimated sales revenue of RMB 101 billion (approx. US$14.8 billion) in 2008, up 32 percent from a year earlier and becoming the fourth industry in the province to top RMB100 billion (approx. US$14.6 billion) in terms of sales revenue. In addition, the industry’s gross industrial output value is expected to top RMB110 billion (approx. US$16.1 billion), up 36 percent from a year earlier.