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17 May 2016

Western European HCP Market, 1Q16:2016 Begins with Mixed Results, Says IDC

LONDON, May 17, 2016 — According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market declined by 7.7% in unit terms in 1Q16 compared with the same period a year ago, with negative performances in both the inkjet and laser segments. This negative start to 2016, with a market figure of 5 million units and a decline of 422,000 units, is largely due to the contraction in consumer printing but is relatively in line with forecasts. Revenues declined by 2.5%, with lasers showing a slight 0.8% decrease and inkjet revenues falling by 12.4%.

The laser markets show a decrease in 1Q16, following the negative trend seen in the previous three quarters in Western Europe. Still, the laser revenue decrease is much lower than the volume, indicating that prices in many markets are holding.

After a blip in the last quarter, business inkjet shipments rebounded and grew 6.4% in 1Q16. MFP products showed the highest growth rate, with a 9.2% increase, but business inkjet printers decreased 16.8% in the quarter. Despite this, business inkjet MFPs accounted for well over 90% of business inkjet shipments in 1Q16.

Overall, MFP products accounted for 79.7% of all shipments in Western Europe in 1Q16, lower than in the past three quarters. Laser MFP shipments increased by 1.5% and inkjet MFPs decreased by 8.5% this quarter, but shipments were generally in line with IDC forecasts.

Growth in the business market, comprising laser and business inkjet devices, slowed, but the value only slipped by 1.2%. The highest value growth was in 45ppm+ color devices, a positive trend that has been seen for more than a year now.

"After witnessing the first blip in more than two years in the business inkjet market last quarter, we are happy to report that we see a positive trend this quarter in Western Europe. A4 is responsible for most of the growth, but A3 devices are increasing as well," said Delphine Carnet, senior research analyst in IDC's Western European Imaging, Hardware Devices, and Document Solutions group. "We also see an increase in shipments in higher-speed segments, as businesses seem to be taking advantage of the newest technologies and upgrades in business inkjet technology."

Main Highlights

• The overall Western European hardcopy market declined 7.7% year on year in 1Q16, with the inkjet decline greater than that for laser.

• Few segments saw any significant growth, with A3 and A4 color MFP devices showing the only real laser growth increase in Western Europe.

• Most color growth was from A4 MFP products, with only color MFP products showing a double-digit increase.

• Business inkjet grew by 6.4%, with MFPs responsible for the increase, while printers decreased by 16.8%.

Country Highlights


The German market followed the overall Western European negative trend with a 5.8% decline after two negative quarters. However, the business inkjet market was stronger than the Western European average, with an increase of 7.4% compared with the regional average of 6.4%.

The laser market in Germany has shown negative growth for a year now, but color devices increased 1.1% compared with the 18.9% decrease in the mono laser segment. The inkjet market also decreased, by 0.7%, with consumer inkjet showing a 3.3% decrease.

Both multifunction and printer devices saw declines, with a 1.2% decrease for MFPs and a 16.4% decline for printers.


France performed better than the Western European average but still showed an overall decline of 4.0% in 1Q16 over the same period last year. Inkjet decreased, but laser declined more than the inkjet market.

The consumer markets for inkjet decreased 6.3%, more than last quarter, and business inkjet increased 19.2%, contrasting strongly with the slight positive trend seen in Western Europe. Inkjet MFPs declined by 3.1%, but laser MFPs increased by 2.2%.

The U.K.

The U.K. recorded a very poor performance this quarter, with an 11.4% decline. This is in line with the negative trend seen in Western Europe, though the U.K. performance was even worse. Business inkjet performed worse than the regional average, with only a 2.6% increase. Both the laser and inkjet markets declined, but we saw positive growth in A3 laser MFPs.


  • Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, February 2016.
  • All growth rates quoted are year on year (1Q16 versus 1Q15).
  • IDC tracks A2–A4 devices in the 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.
  • For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker in EMEA, please contact Phil Sargeant (

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For more information, contact:

Phil Sargeant

+44 20 8987 7179

Regions Covered

Western Europe

Topics Covered

Multifunction peripherals, Printers

For more information, contact:

Phil Sargeant
+44 20 8987 7179