*NEWS*AUSTRALIAN PRINTER MARKET ..UPBEAT

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*NEWS*AUSTRALIAN PRINTER MARKET ..UPBEAT

 user 2006-01-03 at 12:19:00 pm Views: 60
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    Australian Printer Market Remains Upbeat in Q3 2005
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    SYDNEY, JAN 06 – The Australian printer market remained quite healthy
    in Q3 2005, exhibiting only a marginal drop of 2% from the previous
    quarter and growing by 4% year-on-year, according to the results of
    IDC’s latest printer market research. The research includes both
    single-function and multi-function printers (MFPs).
    “While consumer
    buying in Q3 2005 showed signs of moderate improvement over Q2,
    commercial buying witnessed a relative seasonal drop. The trend was
    also reflected in a small growth in shipments of inkjet printers and a
    drop in sales of laser printers”, said Rishi Ghai, IDC Peripherals
    Analyst.
    “Laser printers, which registered better-than-expected
    performance at the end of the financial year in Q2 2005, fell by 16%
    sequentially in Q3, in the absence of large orders. However, the drop
    was notably smaller for colour lasers, compared to that for monochrome
    lasers. Increasing focus of vendors on colour lasers and declining
    prices will accelerate the growth of this segment”, added Mr Ghai.
    Interestingly,
    the average selling price of a single-function colour laser printer was
    down by a significant 29% in Q3 2005 compared to the same period a year
    ago, according to IDC. The corresponding drop for a multi-function
    colour laser printer was even steeper at 40%.
    Meanwhile, HP
    maintained its lead in the printer market in Q3 2005 with 27% share.
    Canon also managed to retain its second rank with 25% share of the
    market, supported by a consistent performance in the multi-function
    inkjet printer space. Strong shipments in the single function inkjet
    printer market helped Lexmark move up to the third position, displacing
    Epson to the fourth rank. Brother, meanwhile, continued to occupy the
    fifth position. No change was observed in the ranking of sixth-place
    Dell. On the other hand, Kyocera entered the Top-7 vendor tally this
    time, displacing Samsung.
    Q3 2005 also witnessed several key vendors
    such as Lexmark, HP and Canon refreshing their product portfolios. With
    several new models launched in the early half of Q4 2005, the current
    quarter is expected to witness strong competition in the lead-up to
    Christmas.
    IDC Top-7 Printer Vendors, Q3 2005:
    1) HP: 27% 2) Canon: 25% 3) Lexmark: 16% 4) Epson: 13% 5) Brother: 7% 6) Dell: 4% 7) Kyocera: 2% Others: 6%