Printer shipments fall globally in Q2

Summary:HP has the top market share in a dwindling pie for printers. Canon is No. 2.

Printer manufacturers are scrapping for market share as unit shipments continued to fall in the second quarter, according to IDC. Aside from Wi-Fi enabled printers, unit volume was whacked.

Among the key points from IDC:

  • Inkjet printers accounted for 60 percent market share in a field of 20 million units or show. 
  • Printer shipments fell 12.7 percent for inkjets. That fall is the largest since the third quarter of 2009. Wireless inkjets show growth.
  • HP is the leader with 39.6 percent market share in the second quarter. Canon is second with 21.4 percent share.
  • Laser printers showed growth of 0.8 percent in the second quarter.
  • Color laser printers account for 16 percent of the category.

Topics: Hardware, Printers


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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