According to the latest distribution data published by Context, sales of printer hardware through distributors in Western Europe during Q2 2018 were up by 3% year-on-year – the only positive year-on-year performance for imaging products in the past year.
The increase is significant and brings sales back to a similar level to that seen in Q2 2016. A key driver was sales of inkjet multifunction printers which had an impact on imaging sales as a whole and were up by 7% Y/Y. Sales of laser devices were ﬂat for the quarter, where the positive performance of laser MFPS was offset by the negative performance of single-function printers. Multifunction devices in general continue to outperform single-function devices and were up by 7.5%.