*NEWS*PRINTER MARKET SHOWS STEADY GROWTH

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*NEWS*PRINTER MARKET SHOWS STEADY GROWTH

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    Printer market shows steady growth
    But lacklustre home photo printer sales drag down inkjet share
    Sales
    of laser printers grew 8.2 per cent in the second quarter, as vendors
    cut prices and introduced higher performance products, according to
    market analysts. However inkjet sales rose only 3.7 per cent year on
    year.”The [inkjet] market was dragged down in particular by weak sales
    of small photo printers in the US and Europe,” said Tetsuya Wadaki, an
    analyst at Nomura Securities’ Financial & Economic Research Center
    in Tokyo.Small-format home photo printers designed specifically to
    print digital camera snapshots are losing out to high-street photo
    printing services, according to new research.”A string of makers have
    decided to withdraw from, or drastically scale back, their small photo
    printer operations because competition from photographic print stores
    and online printers has made them uncompetitive on price,” said
    Wadaki.In addition, A4-sized consumer inkjet printers now have the
    resolution and performance to handle simple photo printing, further
    discouraging ordinary users from buying a separate photo printer.HP
    continues to lead the market, but Japanese rival Canon has seen
    “substantial” growth in sales of consumables and other non-hardware
    products, according to Nomura.Normura’s analysts also believe that the
    printer market could be in for some substantial changes driven by
    pressure from HP.”[HP] is looking to advance and refine inkjet
    technology in order to compete with the laser printer and copier
    market, and other inkjet printers are increasingly carrying out similar
    experiments,” said Wadaki.