The printer market couldn't sustain its strong June sales figures, recording a 26 per cent drop in unit sales for July, according to channel research firm Inform.
However, year-on-year sales were relatively flat. Unit sales in inkjets were up 9 per cent on July 2001. In comparison, laser sales were down 18 per cent year-on-year.
Canon has been consistently increasing share in the inkjet market over the past year and now holds 40 per cent of the sector. HP lost 2 per cent share over the past year in inkjets, but its 41 per cent share in lasers allowed the vendor to take 37 per cent of the overall market.
Volumes in multifunction products grew 10 per cent year-on-year but recorded zero value growth. HP holds a whopping 62 per cent market share in this sector, with Brother and Lexmark trailing with 15 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively.