IDC: Printer/Copier-MFP Shipments Decline in Western Europe, but Revenue Up

western europe sateliteAccording to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and copier-MFP market declined 2.6 percent in unit terms compared with the same period a year ago, with negative performances for both inkjet and laser segments. The decline, however, was in line with IDC’s forecast, following a strong first-quarter 2015. This gave a second-quarter 2015 market figure of 4.79 million unit shipments — a decline of 126,606 units. Revenues increased by an impressive 6.6 percent, however, with laser devices showing the biggest increase.

Note that in its research, IDC tracks A2–A4 devices in its Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Hardcopy peripherals include single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital copiers (SFDCs). Data is reported for calendar periods.

The negative second-quarter contrasts with an overall recovery in the hardcopy market in Western Europe in 2014. Combined printer and MFP shipments increased 2.9 percent in 2014 and 2.6 percent in first-quarter 2015. However, MFPs remain flat while printer devices declined 11.7 percent in second-quarter 2015.

As usual, business inkjets had a strong second-quarter 2015, but were still slower than in previous quarters, with a 16.3 percent year-over-year increase. MFPs showed the highest growth rates. Germany alone represents 31.6 percent of the business inkjet market, followed by the United Kingdom and France.

MFP products accounted for 79.8 percent of all shipments. While MFP shipments increased, printer markets recorded a double-digit decline. The laser market showed an overall 5.5 percent year-over-year decline, while laser MFPs showed the only growth, at 2.5 percent, with 6.3 percent for color devices and -0.9 percent for mono. A3 devices increased 2.2 percent while A4 devices declined 2.9 percent in second-quarter 2015; the highest growth was in A3 laser, at 5.6 percent year-over-year. This growth is mainly due to a 10.2 percent increase in the A3 mono laser segment.

While the overall market decreased in second-quarter, trends by country are more pronounced, with double-digit decreases in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, and Switzerland. However, there were notable double-digit increases in Austria and Spain and also gains in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

“The negative second quarter of 2015 follows several positive quarters in the hardcopy market in Western Europe,” said Delphine Carnet, senior research analyst in IDC’s Western European Imaging, Hardware Devices, and Document Solutions group. “In fact, IDC forecast this decline and predicted that the market would slow down after a good performance in 2014 and first-quarter 2015.”

Main Highlights

  • The overall Western European hardcopy market declined 2.6 percent year-over-year in second-quarter 2015, with the laser decline a lot higher than that for inkjet.
  • Very few segments have seen growth, with laser MFPs showing the strongest increase in Western Europe.
  • Most color growth was from A3 MFP products, while color printer products showed double-digit declines in all format devices.
  • Business inkjet performed well in the quarter, with 21.9 percent growth for MFP devices but a decline of 16.6 percent for printers.

Country Highlights


The German market bucked the trend in Western Europe and increased 1.1 percent year-over-year in second-quarter. The business-inkjet market was stronger than the Western European average, with growth at 23.8 percent compared with the regional average of 16.3 percent.

The laser market in Germany showed negative growth, with the mono segment seeing the highest decline of 12.5 percent (color device shipments were down 2.3 percent). The inkjet market grew 8.7 percent, though this positive trend has been offset by a double-digit increase in business inkjet products.

Multifunction devices saw strong growth, up 7.9 percent globally and 11.7 percent for inkjet.


France performed well compared with the negative trend in Western Europe, with shipments growing 6.8 percent in second-quarter 2015 over the same period last year. Inkjet demand increased 10.0 percent, while laser markets remained flat with a 0.8 percent increase.

The consumer markets for inkjet increased 7.9 percent for the second quarter in a row, and there was a decline of 6.7 percent for business, a trend not seen in France for two years. MFPs increased for inkjet (10.8 percent) and laser (4.6 percent).

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom recorded a 7.9 percent decline and in sharp contrast to Germany saw year-on-year decreases in both inkjet and laser markets for the third consecutive quarter. On a positive note, the United Kingdom performed adequately in the business inkjet segment, but with a much more modest increase than other countries with only 5.4 percent. Laser markets declined 7.2 percent compared with the same period last year, with negative trends seen in both color and monochrome devices.

For more information about IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker in EMEA, contact IDC’s Phil Sargeant (

More Resources

May 2015: IDC: Slight Decline in Worldwide Printer/MFP Market for First-Quarter 2015

February 2015: IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Shipment Values Increase, Color Laser Makes Gains

February 2015: IDC: Western Europe Printer, MFP Shipments Show Slight Decline, Business Inkjets Make Gains

February 2015: Context: HP is Business-Inkjet Market Leader in Western Europe

December 2014: IDC: Worldwide Printer,MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments

November 2014: Western Europe Printer and MFP Shipments Stable, But Revenues under Pressure, Reports IDC

October 2014: Laser and Inkjet Printer and All-in-One Sales up Three Percent in Western Europe

August 2014: IDC: Western Europe Printer/Copier/MFP Market Continues to Strengthen

August 2014: IDC: Worldwide Printer/MFP Market Declines for First Time in Three Quarters; Samsung Makes Gains

June 2014: Printer Shipments up Nine Percent in Western Europe, Reports Context

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