Global Printer/Copier Market Slows in Second Quarter

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market declined 5.6 percent year-over-year with more than 22.2 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19), according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Both inkjet and laser unit shipments showed negative year-over-year growth in 2Q19, down 6.6 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.

Notable highlights from the quarter include:

  • Ink-tank inkjet printer/All-in-Ones, on a global basis, enjoyed positive year-over-year growth of 3.4 percent in unit shipments. Epson led the pack, shipping more than 2 million units shipped in 2Q19.
  • Color laser MFP shipments grew 2.0 percent year-over-year to more than 1.4 million units shipped worldwide in 2Q19.
  • Japan recorded a year-over-year increase of 4.7 percent to more than 1.1 million units shipped for the quarter. The year-over-year growth was propelled by a positive performance in the inkjet segment, which posted a 6.6 percent gain.
  • With a year-over-year decline of 3.3 percent , HP Inc. outperformed all other companies in the top-five in terms of unit shipments. The vendor showed year-over-year increases of 0.5 percent and 3.5 percent in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and the U.S. markets, respectively.
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q2 2019 (based on unit shipments)
Companies 2Q19 Unit Shipments 2Q19 Market Share 2Q18 Unit Shipments 2Q18 Market Share 2Q19/2Q18 Growth
1. HP Inc. 9,454,318 42.6% 9,774,853 41.6% -3.3%
2. Canon Group 4,179,533 18.8% 4,687,392 19.9% -10.8%
3. Epson 3,840,675 17.3% 4,137,939 17.6% -7.2%
4. Brother 1,760,707 7.9% 1,825,292 7.8% -3.5%
5. Kyocera Group 436,971 2.0% 463,349 2.0% -5.7%
Others 2,532,499 11.4% 2,632,073 11.2% -3.8%
Total 22,204,703 100.0% 23,520,898 100.0% -5.6%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, August 2019

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