USA: PHOTO PRINTER SALES TO BE FLAT

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USA: PHOTO PRINTER SALES TO BE FLAT

 user 2006-06-21 at 10:39:00 am Views: 38
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    Overall
    Growth in the PC and Photo Printer Market Should Be Flat or Decline
    between 2006 and 2010 According to Recent Research for the US

    DUBLIN, Ireland—June , 2006–Research and Markets has announced that the U.S.
    factory sales of PC and photo printers in the U.S. in 2005 were $3.8
    billion. Despite increased volume sales, dollar sales decreased 25%
    between 2000 and 2005 at current prices, and decreased 34% at constant
    2005 prices. The drop in dollar sales is due to a continued rapid
    decline in pricing for printers. During the period under review, the
    average estimated price per unit fell from $294 to $200.Inkjet printers
    and inkjet multi-function printers (MFPs) accounted for about 73.5% of
    unit sales in 2005 and laser printers(mono and color) and laser MFPs
    accounted for 26.5% of unit sales. However, inkjets are losing share to
    MFPs of all kinds, and to laser devices. The price of laser units has
    fallen dramatically, putting color laser printers within reach of many
    consumers, while MFPs provide more functionality to the customer,
    reducing the clutter of multiple products. In the near term, demand for
    laser printers and laser MFPs will help stem the decline in average per
    unit price.Based on research, overall growth in the PC and photo
    printer market should be flat or decline between 2006 and 2010, with
    laser printer sales increasing and inkjet device sales decreasing.
    Looking forward, under threat is the business model that relies
    primarily on post-hardware sales revenue from ink and paper. Retail ink
    kiosks, third-party cartridge providers, and online/retail photo
    printing options can reduce the demand for supplier branded ink and
    paper. With hardware margins already taxed, any shift in post-sale
    profits will cause turbulence in the market.Printers are the focus and
    concentration of this report. Any printer that can print photos from a
    PC, digital camera, or memory card is included, provided the product is
    sold to a consumer or used in a small office/home office (SOHO)
    environment. Machines intended for professional purposes or primarily
    sold to corporate entities are not the subject of this report.Products
    covered are inkjet and laser printers, including monochrome laser
    printers, portable and standard inkjet photo printers, and
    multi-function printers (MFPs) that function as printer, fax machine,
    scanner and copier. These products are bought through traditional
    retail channels for home use, including home office applications. Other
    retail channels include the Internet, mail order, catalogues, and
    computer resellers.Accessories (toner, ink cartridges, cables) are not
    the subject of the report, but are discussed as relevant. Sales figures
    do not include sales of toner, cartridges or printer cables. Printing
    services are not included in this report.