IDC: Inkjet sales remain strong, despite Q4 decline

Sales of inkjet printers dropped by 4 per cent in the final quarter of 2002, but despite this decline, the inkjet market is still fairly healthy, according to market research firm IDC.

Inkjet sales for Q4, 2002 totalled 202,339, down from the previous quarter's figure of 210,972 units. However, end-of-year figures saw a 6.8 per cent growth in shipments from 777,382 in 2001 to 830,506 in 2002.

"Inkjets still remain a strong technology with high shipment numbers. This 4 per cent decline indicates that the inkjet market is still fairly healthy in Australia… it is quite traditional for shipments to decline in the final quarter of the year," said IDC analyst, Katina Goussetis.

"The fact that there is year-on-year growth is a good sign that the market will continue to grow."

However, she said the year-on-year percentage growth is expected to decline significantly over the coming years as a result of the introduction of more MFP inkjets. She said the comparable price on the inkjet MFP's will see them gain greater market share. Meanwhile, laser printer sales appear to have taken a hit. IDC will release figures for Q4 2002 this coming week. "There was a major decline," she said.

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