Contexts SalesWatch research, tracking sales of business and consumer technology products through indirect channels of distribution in
HP maintained its number one position in market share with 45%, unchanged from the same quarter a year ago. Brother held the number two position with 13%, up from 11.5%, with Kyocera Mita in third place with 9.5% market share, unchanged from Q1 2003.
HP also continued to lead the way in colour laser sales in these four countries with 37% market share, down from 42% in Q1 2003. Epson saw the largest market share gains, up to 21% in Q1 2004 from 12% a year ago.
Revenues, however, saw a drop by 2% year-on-year, according to Context, as the continued move to the low-end affected Average Selling Prices.