Worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (HCP) grew 2.2% year over year to 22.8 million units in the first quarter of 2023 (Q1, 2023), according to IDC. Shipment value also expanded 14.0% year over year during the quarter to $11.0 billion.
Notable highlights from the quarter include:
Improved product availability, back-order fulfillment, and fewer restrictions on factory capabilities contributed to the year-over-year gains in both units and shipment value on the global level.
All regional markets, except Japan, recorded year-over-year gains in shipment value in Q1, with the United States leading the chart at 27.7% growth, followed by China (PRC) at 19.1% and Western Europe at 11.7%. Improved inventory for some of the leading brands combined with the return to normal operations and pent-up demand to drive shipment value growth in the corporate sector and the A3 segment.
Three out of the top 5 vendors posted positive year-over-year unit growth in Q1 with Epson at 11.2%, Brother 16.0%, and Pantum 33.9%.
(Quote from RT）