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IT & Office: IT & Office continues the decline


During the last quarter of 2016 the IT and Office Equipment market decreased in value by only -0,1%, the best quarter of the year 2016 for a total value of close to 545 Mio €.

For the entire year of 2016 the decline for the IT and Office Equipment products was close to -5% for a total value of around 1.950 Mio €.

IT: good results thanks to the significant increase of peripheral products

Within the IT categories we noticed the following trends during the fourth quarter of 2016:

  • The computing categories with desktop, mobile computers and media tablets continued its decline.  Positive signs were the sales of computing products oriented towards gaming and high performance models.
  • Categories such as video-projectors and large screen monitors again outperformed in the overall market.
  • The peripheral categories especially with products targeted towards networking, gaming accessories and IP camera´s continued their impressive sales results.

Office Equipment and Consumables: focus on web-enabled small-business solutions

In Q4 2016, the Office Equipment and Consumables sector recorded a decline in turnover by -1,5%, compared to Q4 2015.

In the segment of the cartridges, especially in the laser category, the market demand dropped significantly.

The hardware segment of printers and MFD devices is focusing more and more on web-enabled and small-business oriented solutions.

Alain Brys - Consultant IT & Office Equipment


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