Hardcopy peripheral market falls

William Caxton's monogramPerhaps the long hyped “paperless” office will come to pass as sales of hardcopy printers fell in the second quarter of this year.

But that is just a really big “perhaps”, because the market is still worth $13.2 billion worldwide, according to IDC figures.

And in some markets, such as the US and Canada, the market is growing by 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.

High end peripherals which bash out more than 45 pages per minute had a double digit growth in the quarter. IDC said the 45-69ppm monochrome printer sector grew in the second quarter by 17.3 percent.

The 70-90ppm colour segment showed a healthy 72.9 percent growth.

Inkjet printers still sell more than laserjets with a 58.7 percent share.

HP is in number one position, followed by Canon, Epson, Samsung and Brother.