WORLD-WIDE PRINTER SALES DOWN 17% IN Q1

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WORLD-WIDE PRINTER SALES DOWN 17% IN Q1

 user 2009-06-12 at 11:54:46 am Views: 42
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    Printer Business Drops In Q1: IDC
    The
    economic downturn has taken its toll on the printer business, causing
    shipments to fall more than 17 percent worldwide compared with last
    year, with color laser multifunction devices a relative bright spot in
    an otherwise gloomy market.In its latest Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy
    Peripherals Tracker, research firm IDC reported that worldwide
    shipments of hard-copy peripherals, including printers and
    multifunction printers, totaled 26.4 million units in the first quarter
    of 2009, down about 17.6 percent compared with the first quarter of
    2008.Shipments in the U.S. market, however, fell by a more moderate 13
    percent in the same period to reach a total of 6 million units.Of all
    types of printer devices, MFPs were the least impacted by the economy,
    with shipments of MFPs falling about 10 percent year-over-year. Of
    those, color laser MFP shipments actually rose 6 percent during the
    quarter to 632,000 units, IDC said.The single-function printer market
    was slammed, with shipments plunging 28 percent as the market continues
    to move toward MFP devices.

    IDC found that the total sales of
    printers worldwide fell 21 percent to $12.8 billion in the first
    quarter of 2009, the third consecutive quarterly decline.Phuong Hang,
    program manager, IDC Worldwide Hardcopy Peripheral Trackers, wrote that
    he expects the hard[-copy peripherals market to recover in 2010, but
    until that happens, vendors need to step up their game.”IDC expects
    that vendors will employ several strategies to weather the current
    economic downturn,” he wrote in a statement. “The battle will continue
    in the channel to gain go-to-market strength and capacity. Vendors will
    also focus on offering cost-cutting and/or productivity enhancements to
    customers’ existing document infrastructure as well as driving managed
    print services.”

    IDC said that Hewlett-Packard  led the printing
    pack despite a 24 percent drop in shipments in the quarter compared
    with the same period a year ago. Even so, HP remained the top vendor
    for the quarter, with 41 percent market share, down from 44 percent in
    the first quarter of 2008.Canon took the No. 2 spot among vendors in
    the first quarter of 2009. The company’s unit shipments declined just 6
    percent year-over-year, resulting in increased market share of 17
    percent, up 2 points from the first quarter a year ago.Epson, the No. 3
    vendor in the market, saw its unit shipments fall 13 percent in the
    quarter, compared with a drop of 14 percent in the same period a year
    ago.Brother, the fourth player among the top companies, was the only
    vendor with positive year-over-year growth. Its 3 percent growth in
    shipments to 1.9 million units gave it a 7.1 percent share of the total
    hard-copy peripherals market, up from its 5.6 percent share in the
    first quarter of 2008.Rounding out the top five vendors was Lexmark,
    which saw its share of the market fall 1 point to 5 percent on
    shipments of 1.3 million units in the first quarter of 2009