Printer hardware continues to enjoy growth with both laser and inkjet products doing well across Western Europe with the UK one of the strongest performing markets in the region.
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Figures from analyst houseContext indicated that in the first quarter across Western Europe as a whole printer unit shipments were up year-on-year by 9% with the UK improving by 31%, Ireland by 51% and Austria by 37%.
Laser and inkjet multifunction printers helped drive growth in the UK and the products were popular elsewhere as users opted for all-in-one functionality.
It was not a positive story everywhere with Germany witnessing a 1% contraction in the market and Portugal 6% down on shipments last year and outside Western Europe the picture for Central and Eastern Europe was not so rosy with a 4% drop in that region.
“The majority of Western European countries registered positive year-on-year unit shipments growth in Q1 2014, driven mostly by multifunction laser and inkjet technology printers”, said Zivile Brazdziunaite, imaging market analyst at Context.