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Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Grew 0.6% Year Over Year to More Than 26 Million Units Shipped in the Fourth Quarter of 2016, According to IDC


The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market increased 0.6% year over year to 26.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. The growth was driven by a solid performance in the inkjet and laser markets, which grew 0.6% and 1.6% year over year, respectively. Shipment value also increased to more than $14 billion in the quarter.

Each of the top 3 vendors saw year-over-year shipment growth in 4Q16, with HP Inc. leading the chart at 4.3%, followed by Canon at 1.4% and Epson's 1.1%. showed a 4.7% increase YoY. Fourth-ranked Brother and fifth-ranked Samsung posted year-over-year declines, with Samsung declining 25.2%.

Notable highlights from this quarter include:

  • Six of IDC's regional markets witnessed year-over-year increases in unit shipments; Asia Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) posted 4.2% growth, the best year-over-year performance, with China continuing to be the key growth propeller. Inkjet growth in China was fueled by continuous upsurge for ink tank printers within the small and medium business (SMB) segment, while laser growth was powered by channel expansion by the key vendors.
  • HP outperformed all other vendors in the top 5 with more than 10 million units, increasing 4.3% year over year. The vendor enjoyed year-over-year expansion in both the inkjet and laser segments, which was driven by channel expansion and continued demand for its top selling inkjet and laser models.
  • Epson continued to ride on the popularity of the L series (Ink tank) in APeJ and introduced four new L series models to help with its dominance in the Ink tank segment. The L series now accounts for more than 80% of the total inkjet shipment for Epson and L360 continued to be the top model this quarter with close to 302,500 units shipped.
Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals, Vendor Shipments, Market Share, and Year-over-Year Growth, Q4 2016 (based on unit shipments)

4Q16 Units


4Q16 Market


4Q15 Units


4Q15 Market



1. HP Inc     10,021,512     36.1%     9,612,081     34.8%     4.3%
2. Canon     6,401,797     23.1%     6,316,138     22.9%     1.4%
3. Epson     4,938,200     17.8%     4,886,441     17.7%     1.1%
4. Brother     2,010,964     7.2%     2,114,347     7.7%     -4.9%
5. Samsung     766,848     2.8%     1,025,082     3.7%     -25.2%
Others     3,619,617     13.0%     3,645,718     13.2%     -0.7%
Total     27,758,938     100%     27,599,807     100%     0.6%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, March 2017

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic showing the worldwide market share of the top 5 hardcopy peripherals vendors over the previous five quarters is available here. Instructions on how to embed this graphic into online news articles and social media can be found by viewing this press release on IDC.com.

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals, Vendor Shipments, Market Share, and Year-over-Year Growth, 2016 (based on unit shipments)

2016 Units


2016 Market


2015 Units


2015 Market



1. HP Inc     36,355,663     36.7%     39,669,998     38.4%     -8.4%
2. Canon     20,602,931     20.8%     20,913,885     20.3%     -1.5%
3. Epson     17,454,324     17.6%     16,569,838     16.0%     5.3%
4. Brother     7,261,285     7.3%     7,707,680     7.5%     -5.8%
5. Samsung     3,518,075     3.6%     4,416,933     4.3%     -20.4%
Others     13,834,649     14.0%     13,970,405     13.5%     -1.0%
Total     99,026,927     100.0%     103,248,739     100.0%     -4.1%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, March 2017


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

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, please contact Phuong Hang (phang@idc.com).

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