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Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Declined 3.9% Year Over Year in the First Quarter of 2019, According to IDC

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Worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (HCP) decreased 3.9% year
over year to 22.8 million units in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19),
according to the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker
. The brightest spot for the
quarter was the year-over-year expansion of color inkjet multifunction
printers (MFPs) in the 11-20 ppm range, which grew 4.7% to more than 6.2
million units shipped.

Notable highlights from the first quarter include:

  • Ink Tank devices continued their positive momentum recording a 23.4%
    year-over-year gain in unit shipments in 1Q19. Asia/Pacific (excluding
    Japan) and Latin America were the top two regions for ink tank
    shipments with 1.7 and 1.0 million units shipped in the quarter,
  • Inkjet shipments decreased 2.1% year over year to nearly 13.7 million
    units shipped. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was the top region for
    inkjet shipments, growing 8.8% year over year to more than 3.5 million
    units in 1Q19. Western Europe, the second largest market, contracted
    5.4% while the United States, the third largest market, declined 4.8%
    year over year.
  • A3 color laser MFPs continued on a positive trajectory with a
    year-over-year gain of 1.0% to nearly 600,000 units shipped.
  • HP Inc. declined 3.5% year over year with global
    shipments dropping to less than 9.4 million units. However, two of
    HP’s top 3 regions, Western Europe and the U.S., exhibited
    year-over-year gains of 2.8% and 2.6%, respectively.
  • Epson regained the top inkjet position from Canon in
    Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) albeit at a marginal share advantage of
    0.7%. Epson grew by about 210,000 units year over year due to the
    improved sales of its new generation of more compact ink tank
    printers, which were largely responsible for the growth of the ASEAN
    market and the biggest winner in China as the only one with a market
    share gain this quarter.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market, Unit Shipments, Company
Share, and Year-Over-Year

Growth, Q1 2018 (based
on unit shipments)


1Q19 Unit


1Q19 Market


1Q18 Unit


1Q18 Market



1. HP Inc. 9,369,660 41% 9,704,972 41% -3.5%
2. Canon Group 4,349,818 19% 4,393,457 18% -1.0%
3. Epson 4,317,575 19% 4,443,484 19% -2.8%
4. Brother 1,670,633 7% 1,783,246 8% -6.3%
5. Kyocera Group 533,153 2% 547,539 2% -2.6%
Others 2,596,669 11% 2,896,050 12% -10.3%
Total 22,837,508 100% 23,768,748 100% -3.9%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, May


  • IDC tracks A2-A4 devices in the Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.
  • Hardcopy Peripherals include single-function printers, multifunction
    printers (MFPs), and single-function digital copiers (SF DC). Data for
    all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

In addition to the table above, a graphic illustrating the worldwide
market share of the top 5 hardcopy peripherals companies over the
previous five quarters is by viewing this
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For more information about IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy
Peripherals Tracker, please contact Phuong Hang at

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