*NEWS*2005:BAD YEAR FOR UK PRINTER MARKET

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*NEWS*2005:BAD YEAR FOR UK PRINTER MARKET

 user 2006-01-13 at 10:50:00 am Views: 55
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    Sales revenues decline despite market growth
    Pricing squeeze keeps turnover low compared with last year although there was growth in unit sales
    Revenue
    from sales of IT equipment in October 2005 was down compared with the
    same month a year ago across Europe, according to the latest figures
    from channel analyst Context.
    The firm’s SalesWatch research
    revealed that revenues declined despite many sectors recording unit
    growth in the same timeframe; a sign of the continuing squeeze on
    prices, Context said.
    In the UK, notebooks continued to prove more
    popular than desktops, with sales of notebooks up 21.9 per cent while
    sales of desktops fell 16.9 per cent in October. However turnover
    declined for both desktops and notebooks by 19 per cent and 2.1 per
    cent respectively.
    Servers came out on top in the UK with sales up
    22.9 per cent and turnover up 11.7 per cent, while across Europe server
    sales fell three per cent and turnover dropped 13.4 per cent. However,
    the UK printer market saw sales drop 12.6 per cent, while in Europe
    printer sales rose 8.5 per cent.
    Jason Harcourt, senior analyst at
    Context, told CRN: “2005 was a terrible year for the UK printer market.
    The first half of 2004 was very strong for laser printers, but since
    then it has really tailed off month on month. This could be due to a
    general slowdown in the UK economy as spend on printers tends to be the
    first thing people cut from their budgets. I’d like to think there will
    be a recovery in the printer market this year.”
    Kevin Jones,
    managing director of printer reseller Printware, said: “Last year was
    tough, but I would say it was tough for the overall IT market not just
    printers. However, we sold more printers in our core category – colour
    business lasers – than last year.”
    Leanne Gravil, branch manager at
    VAR CBC Computer Systems, said: “We sell more notebooks than anything
    else. We sell a lot through the ‘laptops for teachers’ scheme. In the
    last 12 months there has been a definite decline in the sales of
    desktops.