Global Printer And Copier Sales Fall In First Half Of 2009
The worldwide market for printers, copiers and multifunctional products (MFPs) saw a 20 per cent drop in shipments during the first six months of the year.
That is according to new research from analyst Gartner, which indicated that 51.3 million devices where shipped between from the beginning of January 2009 to the end of June.
Interestingly, the company's territorial breakdown indicated that falls were seen across all continents, with the emerging markets of eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East enduring the steepest declines.
Lai-Ling Lam, a senior research analyst for Gartner, said that both business and consumers reduced the amount they spent on printers and additional products, such as printer ink cartridges, in the first half of 2009.
"The situation was further exacerbated by the shortages of popular low-end inkjets and page printers to home, small businesses and small and medium businesses," she added.
HP, which is the world's largest printer manufacturer, has already confirmed this month that it suffered a 19 per cent drop in profit during the second quarter because of falling PC and printer ink sales.