Customer interest in managed print services and the fragility of the economy conspired to force down UK printer shipments in Q3.
Figures by channel analyst Context revealed that while the market in Western Europe grew 6.5% buoyed by France and Germany, the UK declined 5.8%.
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"The whole fashion for print services is going gung ho as customers consolidate printer fleets to cut costs," said Context co-founder Jeremy Davies, who added that the numbers also "speak to the parlous state of the economy."
All-In-One Inkjet and inkjet printer shipments fell 11.7% and 16.2% respectively, while dot matrix sales dropped 21.7%. All-In-One Lasers grew 46.2%, copier-based MFPs were up 61.6% and single function lasers climbed 28.1%.
The tough market conditions were reflected in most of the major vendors performances with just HP and Epson the only to post growth, as Canon, Lexmark and Samsung lost market share, while sales by Brother were flat year-on-year.