Bangalore, India - India's peripherals sector slumped over the last year, according to the body representing the country's IT hardware, training and R&D services sectors, MAIT.
Total printer sales between April 2008 and March 2009 were 1.61 million units, registering a growth of one per cent over the previous year. It's rural areas and smaller towns that are driving this growth, with sales falling in the major cities. While sales of ink-jet printers fell, the dot-matrix and laser-jet markets grew by five and seven percent respectively.
Consumption of UPSes declined six percent, registering 1.51 million units. In the case of networking products, consumption of Network Interface Cards (NICs) grew three percent while that of modems and hubs declined 44 percent and 35 percent respectively.
But MAIT believes that business confidence is increasing, and expects printer sales to hit 1.74 million over the next year, registering an eight percent growth. Sales of UPSes are expected to remain flat.
Commenting on the findings, MAIT Executive Director Vinnie Mehta said: “Consumer sentiment was subdued due to uncertainty in the economy in 2008-09 which impacted the consumption of IT in the country. While consumption in the first-half of the fiscal was satisfactory, less than expected offtake in sales in the second-half pulled down the overall growth into the negative quadrant.”
This latest report follows news that PC sales in India also fell last year - making the IT sector in the country rather less immune to the recession than at first was hoped.