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U.S. printer, multifunction market weakens
Shipments off on poor photo-printer sales, lack of bundling, Gartner says
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.
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.
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.
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%
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