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 user 2008-12-29 at 9:59:11 am Views: 75
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    Printer sales shrink in nervy Q3
    , 2008, Printer sales in Taiwan shrank in the third quarter,Single
    function printers (SFPs) sold a total of 97,243 units, a 10 percent
    decline from last quarter and a 24.2 percent drop from the same quarter
    last year.In the multi-function printer (MFP) segment, laser MFPs sold
    18,274 units from July through September, registering a retraction of
    26.3 percent from last quarter and a 7.6 percent decrease year-on-year,
    the high-tech market research and consulting firm said.

    the lackluster sales for laser MFPs, inkjet MFP sales grew 8 percent
    from the previous three months, but its year-on-year performance still
    declined 11.6 percent.“With the third quarter being the back-to-school
    season, printers typically enjoy a positive sales seasonality. But this
    time around, Taiwan consumers expressed reservation [in purchasing]
    printers due to pessimistic consumer sentiments around the world,” Joey
    Yen , an analyst at IDC’s PC & Peripherals Group, said
    yesterday.“Hence, many of them adopted a wait-and-see attitude towards
    printer purchases, driving down the overall printer sales in the third
    quarter,” Yen said.Yen said that because of cost-cutting measures by
    corporations and the government, laser SFPs and MFPs reported sharp
    retractions in the third quarter.

    IDC said that inkjet SFPs
    continued to be replaced by inkjet MFPs and laser alternatives, with
    third-quarter inkjet SFPs registering sales of a dismal 54,045 units, a
    5.4 percent decrease quarter-on-quarter and an astounding 35.7 percent
    decrease year-on-year.Epson Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) remain the
    top two inkjet manufacturers in Taiwan, with US camera maker Canon Inc
    closing in.

    Meanwhile, laser SFPs declined 30.9 percent
    quarter-on-quarter and 17.1 percent year-on-year in the three months
    ending September for a total of 26,725 units.The top four manufacturers
    in Taiwan are HP, Epson, Samsung Electronics Co and Fuji Xerox Co,
    which claim a 91 percent market share.Laser MFPs sold a total of 18,274
    units in the third quarter. The figure combines laser MFP A3 and laser
    MFP A4 models, IDC reported.