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Sharp had highest printer sales growth in 2018, according to leading analyst firm

London, 20-04-2019
Sharp Electronics Europe had the highest unit sales growth of all office equipment manufacturers in 2018, according to the IDC Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, Q4 2018, an overview of the office printer market in Western Europe. The number of multi-function printers that Sharp sold increased by 16% in 2018, compared to sales in 2017.

Sharp increased the number of units sold in 2018 while also maintaining value growth (turnover per unit) of 9%, within the top four manufacturers measured.

Sharp was also named a Major Player in the 2019 IDC MarketScape for smart MFPs in Western Europe1. This new report looks at the entire smart MFP ecosystem, from hardware to software, services and overall strategy.

Peter Plested, Director, Information Systems, Sharp Europe said: “Sharp continues to grow thanks to our focus on designing smart, secure devices with easy-to-use intelligent features, that let people save time on the tasks they perform the most. Last year we refreshed our A3 range and launched new A4 devices with the same operation across the whole line, we see the sales results as further endorsement of this refresh.”

IDC Trackers are based on sales data reported by all major office equipment manufacturers. Trackers are published quarterly to subscribers. 

About Sharp Information Systems Europe 
Sharp Information Systems Europe (SISE) is a division of Sharp Electronics Europe, which offers a unique portfolio of award-winning document management and display solutions to help organisations transform the way they engage with information. Sharp’s industry-leading MFPs and large production systems sit at the heart of integrated applications for digital transformation, while our display solutions include innovative video walls, digital signage displays and interactive flat panel displays for collaborative presentations. Our mission is to develop new products that support individual expression; creating life enhancing experiences that let you be original. For further information, please visit

1 IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunction Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment, Doc # EMEA44808019, Feb 2019


Angela Woodward
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