U.S. PRINTER / MFP MARKET WEAKENS
U.S. PRINTER / MFP MARKET WEAKENS
2006-09-21 at 9:50:00 am #16483
U.S. printer, multifunction market weakens
Shipments off on poor photo-printer sales, lack of bundling, Gartner says
LOS ANGELES sep 06 — Sales of printers and multifunction products declined during the second quarter in the United States as poor sales of photo printers weighed and many vendors stopped bundling free printers with purchases of new personal computers and digital cameras, an industry researcher reported Tuesday.Shipments fell 4.2% during the three-month period to a total of 7.7 million units, industry-tracker Gartner Inc. said.
HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., easily continued to dominate shipments of both ink-jet and page-printer shipments with a 56% and 43% respective share of the markets. H-P and Japan’s Canon Inc. were the only top-tier vendors to enjoy positive growth in the market for ink-jet printers and multifunction devices, which also allow users to do things like make copies and send faxes, the research firm said.”Poor sales of single-function printers had a large impact on the market as higher numbers of users have begun to print at retail stores as they become more aware of their options,” said Camille Iorns, a senior research analyst at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.Amid poor sales of single-function printers, shipments of ink-jet printers and multifunction devices fell 7.8% in the quarter to 5.5 million units from 6 million a year earlier.Shipments of devices using page-printer technology, such as laser printers, rose nearly 15% to 1.8 million units, compared with 1.5 million in last year’s comparable quarter, helped by the popularity of low-end black and white and color A4-format devices.Gartner expects the market for multifunction color page-printers to continue to grow as small and midsize businesses look for the convenience of color machines to produce marketing material and other business documents. To be sure, shipments of the devices climbed 49% during period over
the same quarter of last year.
DELL saw its shipments of ink-jet devices more than halve during the period after it moved to discontinue programs to bundle free, single-function ink-jet devices with new PC purchases and as it refocuses its efforts on the more lucrative multifunction ink-jet segment.
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell grabbed the No. 2 spot in shipments of page-printer units with a 9.3% share of the market.
Japan’s Brother Industries Ltd. enjoyed a 55% surge in its sales of page-printer devices thanks to its increasing share of real estate on retailers’ shelves, Gartner said. The advance helped Brother topple Canon from the No. 3 position of top page-printer vendors.
q2 2006 Units Market Share Q2 2005 Units Market Share Growth
H-P 3,113,528 56.4% 2,838,207 47.4% 9.7%
Lexmark 715,761 13.0% 904,901 15.1% (20.9%)
Canon 577,178 10.5% 505,448 8.4% 14.2%
Dell 442,750 8.0% 909,200 15.2% (51.3%)
Epson 392,220 7.1% 602,270 10.1% (34.9%)
Others 279,699 5.1% 227,825 3.8% 22.8%
Total 5,521,136 5,987,851 (7.8%)
U.S. Page Printers
H-P 753,254 42.7% 610,862 39.7% 23.3%
Dell 163,450 9.3% 163,100 10.6% 0.2%
Brother 134,391 7.6% 87,000 5.7% 54.5%
Canon 130,002 7.4% 122,116 7.9% 6.5%
Lexmark 98,963 5.6% 84,901 5.5% 16.6%
Others 483,141 27.4% 469,529 30.5% 2.9%
Total 1,763,201 1,537,508 14.7%