The UK printer and multifunctional market declined sharply is the first three months of the year, in contrast to Western Europe as a whole, which experienced strong growth both in units shipped and market value.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the UK market experienced a year-on-year decline of 6.4% in Q1 2015, with decreases in both the inkjet and laser markets for the second consecutive quarter. One bright spot was business inkjet sales, which grew by 18.8%.
Overall, in Q1 2015 the Western European printer and MFP market grew 2.6% in unit terms and 8.4% in value, with double-digit increases in Finland, Spain and Greece.
Highlights include a 6.3% rise in shipments of laser MFPs and a 21.6% increase in business inkjets, with A3 models up 83.6%.