UK PRINTER SALES CRASH

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UK PRINTER SALES CRASH

 user 2009-03-04 at 12:33:14 pm Views: 46
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    http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn/news/2237453/uk-printer-sales-crash-services-4489407
    UK printer sales crash as services and green rally
    Research
    reveals there may still be opportunities in a flat year, despite a drop
    in hardware salesAnalyst Gartner revealed sales of printers, copiers
    and multifunctional products (MFPs) in the UK fell 26.4 per cent in
    volume in the fourth quarter of 2008 and 18 per cent year-on-year.

    Tosh
    Prabhakar, senior printing market analyst at Gartner, said UK sales
    contracted far more than in the rest of EMEA, which overall shrank 8.4
    per cent by volume.Until at least 2010, organisations will focus on
    right-sizing the number of devices, rather than buying new
    printers.“However, managed print solutions (MPS) are huge,” said
    Prabhakar. “We do not track them in terms of revenue ­ it is quite
    difficult ­ and many providers do not give that information, but MPSs
    are now some of the strongest offerings.“Green is also big because it
    can reduce costs,” he added.Nigel Allen, product head at Kyocera, said
    its green products are selling. “We are actually predicting unit
    growth.”Tracey Fielden, marketing manager at Canon, said it had grown
    12 per cent in 2008, fuelled by MPS.