Wireless devices grow amidst tough conditions in printer market

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According to research firm IDC, total worldwide hardcopy unit shipments declined 12.7 percent year over year to nearly 27.4 million units, the fourth consecutive quarterly decline. Technology highlights Despite a contraction of 15 percent year over year, inkjet remains the dominant technology with 16.7 million units shipped and a 61 percent share of the total HCP market in 3Q12. The wireless inkjet segment in mature markets continued to exhibit growth, resulting in 1 percent year-over-year gain in the third quarter of 2012. Laser declined 8 percent year over year in 3Q12 to 9.6 million units resulting in a 35 percent share of the total HCP market. The wireless laser segment experienced year-over-year growth of 9 percent and 22 percent, respectively, in the emerging and mature markets. The monochrome laser market declined 9 percent year over year to 7.9 million units. This was the lowest year-over-year growth for monochrome laser in any quarter since 3Q08. The color laser segment declined 3 percent year over year to 1.7 million units in 3Q12. The wireless segment in mature markets outperformed emerging markets with 6 percent year-over-year growth versus a decline of 9 percent. [caption id="attachment_6408" align="aligncenter" width="456" caption="Credit: IDC"][/caption] Vendor highlights HP ? Despite year-over-year growth of ?24.1 percent in 3Q12, HP remained the leading vendor in the total hardcopy peripherals market with 37.3 percent share, down from 42.9 percent one year ago. The vendor’s wireless segment also experienced a year-over-year decline of 16 percent. Canon ? Canon strengthened its position in the number 2 spot with more than 5.7 million units shipped, resulting in an increased market share of 20,9 percent, up nearly 3 points from 3Q11. The vendor grew its wireless volume 48 percent year-over-year. Both emerging and mature markets exhibited strong gains in the wireless segment, with year-over-year growth of 64 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Epson ? Epson finished the quarter with 5.9 percent year-over-year growth, which was notable better than that of the top two players. With more than 4.1 million units shipped, Epson captured a 15.2 percent share of the total hardcopy peripherals market, up more than 2 points from a year ago. With 69 percent growth, Epson had the best year-over-year performance in the wireless segment. Similar to Canon, wireless volume in both the emerging and mature markets experienced significant year-over-year growths, 97 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Brother ? With a 10-percent year-over-year improvement in shipments, Brother?s 3Q12 performance was the best among the top 5 vendors. Brother captured 7 percent overall market share on 1.9 million units. Brother also did well in the wireless segment, posting 30 percent year-over-year growth. Samsung ? Samsung’s share of the total HCP market slipped to 5.0 percent on shipments of nearly 1.4 million units in 3Q12, enabling it to remain a top 5 player. The vendor also enjoyed double-digit growth in wireless volume, with 48 percent year-over-year growth in the emerging markets and 55 percent in mature markets. ]]>

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