Sales of laser printers increased by 8.2 per cent during the second quarter of the year, according to new figures.
Market analysts suggested that the rise in sales of these types of office machines was a result of vendors slashing prices and launching better-performing products, vnunet.com reports.
But sales of inkjet printers did not show a similar rise, increasing by 3.7 per cent year-on-year.
Tetsuya Wadaki, an analyst at Nomura Securities’ Financial & Economic Research Centre in Toyko, told the news providers that small photo printers did not perform well.
"The [inkjet] market was dragged down in particular by weak sales of small photo printers in the US and Europe," he said.
Wadaki added: "[HP] is looking to advance and refine inkjet technology in order to compete with the laser printer and copier market and other inkjet printers are increasingly carrying out similar experiments."
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