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China and Desktop 3D Printer markets lead the way for longer U-shaped recovery


London, 21 Oct, 2020 – The global 3D printing market saw a+24% second quarter sequential rebound in domestic unit shipments of Industrial-class printers in China, and a global surge of +68% in Personal desktop printer shipments, according to latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

IT Distributors Nurture Channel Reseller Relationships During Lockdown


London, 2nd October 2020 - Global IT distributors appear to have worked hard during lockdown to support their resellers and enhance key channel partnerships, although there’s more work to do as cloud emerges as a key focus area, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Demand for gaming monitors increases during pandemic


London, 11th Sept 2020 – Europe’s largest distributors sold significantly more gaming monitors in July 2020 than in the same period last year, according to the latest research by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. The increases coincided with the time when the pandemic, and measures taken for its containment, began seriously to affect the continent.

Sales of consumer and single-function printers surge during pandemic


London, 11th Sept 2020 – Western Europe’s largest distributors saw printer sales boom at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and then fall in the second quarter, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

COVID-19-driven notebook momentum continues in Q2 2020


London, 5th August 2020 – The strong pandemic-related notebook momentum seen at the end of Q1 2020 carried on into Q2, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Monitor demand remains strong as supply begins to recover


London, 17th July 2020 – Sales of monitors through distributors in Western Europe (WE) grew +14% year-on-year in the part of the second quarter of 2020 up to the first three weeks of June, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Consumer models drive print market, but distributors should prepare for business renewal


London, 25th June 2020 – In May 2020, the consumer print market dominated (inkjet MFPs continued to shine, with sales driven by low-cost consumer models), and business spend continued to suffer, according to the latest data from CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Lockdowns hit sales but LFDs show their potential to contribute to pandemic recovery


London, 10th June 2020 - Sales of large-format displays (LFDs) were already being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic before a dramatic drop in early Q2 2020, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

New Covid price index shows strengthening of notebook prices across Western Europe


London, 1st June 2020 - The selling prices of notebooks through Distribution across most Western European countries has strengthened over the past few weeks, according to a new and more accurate price index devised by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

In Enterprise, hardware has been the biggest casualty of COVID while services show resilience


London, 26th May 2020 - Hardware has been more negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than software or services, although some sectors like computing components continue to do well, according to the latest channel analysis from CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Desktop monitor demand surges but supply pool dries up


London, 13th May 2020 - Sales of monitors through Western Europe’s (WE) distributors grew by a record +35% year-on-year in March 2020 contributing to an overall +18% increase for the first quarter, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

European Channel Revenue Growth Bounces Back but Q2 On Track for 4% Decline


London, 5th May 2020 - European revenue growth in distribution climbed into positive year-on-year figures for the first time in a month during the week ending April 26 (week 17), but reduced business and consumer demand is likely to see overall figures decline in Q2, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

COVID-19 concerns make 2020 3D printer sales outlook challenging


London, 27th April 2020 - As of the end of Q1 2020, many 3D printer companies from the US, Europe, China and everywhere across the globe have rightly refocused their effort away from printer sales to producing much-needed supplies to help combat coronavirus, according to the latest by CONTEXT, the market intelligence company.

Covid-19 Drives Smart Working Demand in Italy with high-growth in IT sales


London, 27th April 2020 - The IT distribution channel in Italy has registered strong growth in January and February this year with some smart working categories driven by the nationwide lockdown, according to new data from CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

PC sales in Western Europe up by +38% in early March as Covid-19 drives demand for home-office equipment


London, 27th April 2020 - Volume sales of PCs through Western Europe’s largest distributors increased by +38% year-on-year in the first three weeks of March as the accelerating spread of coronavirus produced a surge in sales of remote-working devices, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Covid-19 home working surge drives major sales growth across categories


London, 27th April 2020 - Web cams, headsets, software and notebooks are the categories generating the biggest increase in channel revenue across Western Europe, as home working and schooling forces major changes in demand, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Coronavirus: The Enterprise market is reacting to the crisis


London, 27th April 2020 – The Enterprise market has been slower to react to the coronavirus crisis than the PC and AV-system markets – as early as February, resellers were stockpiling products in anticipation of supply disruption. However, it is possible to see the effects on the Enterprise sector in the Western Europe (WE) IT distribution channel now that numbers for week 12 have been included in the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

European IT Channel Growth Declines for First Time During Covid-19 Crisis


London, 27th April 2020 - Revenue growth among European IT channel players has faltered for the first time since the start of coronavirus-related government lockdowns, with supply shortages and public holidays partially to blame, and tough comparatives with a strong quarter end in 2019, according to the latest analysis from CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

COVID-19 concerns make 2020 3D printer sales outlook challenging


LONDON, 14 April 2020 – As of the end of Q1 2020, many 3D printer companies from the US, Europe, China and everywhere across the globe have rightly refocused their effort away from printer sales to producing much-needed supplies to help combat coronavirus, according to the latest by CONTEXT, the market intelligence company.

European PC market dynamics unchanged in early 2020: commercial strong, consumer soft


London, 5th March 2020 – The market dynamics that characterised PC sales in 2019 continued into early 2020 as strong demand from commercial buyers offset weaker consumer sales, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

By the end of 2020, no new laptop in Western Europe will be sold with hard disk drive as primary storage


London, 13th February 2020 – The adoption of SSDs for primary storage accelerated during the fourth quarter of 2019 as the volume of HDD PCs – notebooks, desktops and workstations – sold through the Western Europe (WE) IT distribution channel fell to 9.4%, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Adoption of large format displays continues to expand as interactive technology and digital signage capabilities improve


London, 5th February 2020 – The steady change in retail, workspace and classroom environments that is driven by the need to improve customer service or/and collaboration efficiency has resulted in another positive quarter for sales of large format displays (LFDs) through distributors in Western Europe (WE).

Industrial class 3D printing sector sees surprising growth in spite of headwinds


LONDON, 17th January – Shipments of Industrial* 3D printers priced at $100K+ were up by +8% in Q3 2019 compared to the same period the previous year. This key sector – which accounted for almost 70% of all 3D printer revenues for the period – saw even more impressive shipment growth of +12% on a trailing twelve-month (TTM) basis.

Channel Optimism Grows Despite Economic Headwinds as Resellers Explore Emerging Technologies


London, 2nd January 2020 - Resellers are more optimistic about the coming 12 months than they were a year ago and backed by robust growth in 2019, are driving investment in both traditional and emerging product categories such as IoT, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company

CONTEXT predicts a challenging year ahead for PC channel sales


London, 12th December 2019 – The IT channel should be braced for much weaker performance in the PC market in 2020, with year-on-year sales likely to turn negative in the second half of the year, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Brexit feast time in Ireland?


London, 18th November 2019 – As Brexit looms, the IT distribution channel Enterprise market in Ireland is thriving with double-digit growth in the server, storage and networking segments, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Growing demand for premium monitors in consumer channels


London, 25th October 2019 – Total distribution sales of desktop monitors in West Europe (WE) were down in August, mainly as a result of weak sales to business channels. However, sales to retail and consumer etail were up, according to data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

CONTEXT CO-FOUNDER TO RETIRE


London October 14th 2019 - Europe's leading technology market research company, CONTEXT, announced today that co-founder and joint CEO Jeremy Davies will be retiring from the company.

Growing demand for premium monitors in consumer channels


London, 11th October 2019 – Total distribution sales of desktop monitors in West Europe (WE) were down in August, mainly as a result of weak sales to business channels. However, sales to retail and consumer etail were up, according to data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Key 3D printer markets on track for double-digit shipment growth in the second half of 2019


LONDON, 8 October – While shipments of 3D printers in the Personal* price class struggled to remain flat in the first half of 2019, the other three major price classes – Professional, Design and Industrial – saw encouraging global unit shipment growth

Chromebooks reach record Western European distribution share in early Q3 2019


London, 27th September 2019 – Chromebooks made up a record 11% of all notebooks sold by Western Europe’s largest distributors in July and August 2019, having benefitted from the seasonal third-quarter peak in education demand, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. Share was up from 8% in the same period last year, following a +27% year-on-year growth in volumes.

Early Q3 sees healthy demand for consumer and business laser MFPs


London, 16th September 2019 – The start of Q3 2019 saw printer sales continue to follow the pattern that has characterised the past few quarters, with healthy demand from consumer and business laser multifunction printers (MFPs), according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

July revenues from large format displays up in Western Europe as new models boost the interest in interactive solutions


London, 4th September 2019 – Sales of large interactive display solutions in Western Europe (WE) grew by almost 30% year-on-year in July 2019. The recent launch of new high-end models will only bring more attention to this category, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Early Q3 sees no change in European PC sales pattern: commercial demand strong, consumer soft


London, 3rd September 2019 – The start of Q3 2019 saw PC sales continue to follow the pattern that has characterised the past few quarters, with healthy demand from commercial buyers offsetting weaker consumer sales, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Investments and Upstarts push 3D Printer market in first Half of 2019


Record venture capitalist investment, record Kickstarter pledges, and rising shipments from newcomers set the stage for growth in 2019 LONDON, 11 July 2019 – Global 3D printer shipments were mixed in the first quarter with most unit growth coming from upstarts. While overall shipments were marginally down in Q1’9, mostly again due to the weakness in the high-volume Personal* segment and a seasonal slowdown in Industrial* segment, the Professional* and Design* segments saw good growth. Momentum from newcomers and new investments seen in the 2nd quarter however, pave the way for a strong year of solid growth.

The rise of large monitors in early Q2 2019 boost revenues in West Europe


London, 25th June 2019 - Revenues from desktop monitors sold through distributors in West Europe (WE) continued to grow in early Q2 2019 (April and May) by +12% year-on-year after an already strong first quarter. Larger monitors, with screens above 30", made a significant contribution, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the technology market intelligence company.

Printer hardware sales through West Europe distributors down sharply in Q1 2019


London, 21st May 2019 - Printer markets have become increasingly healthy over the recent years and are currently robust, although, as always, they remain competitive. However, sales of printer hardware through distributors in West Europe (WE) were sharply down by -4.2% year-on-year in Q1 2019, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the technology market intelligence company.

3D-printing industry sees accelerating five-year 26% CAGR materials revenue growth as annuity streams shift to manufacturing


LONDON, 20th May 2019 – Revenues from materials for Industrial/Professional* 3D printers have surged by $4.6B over the past five years with 29.9% year-on-year growth in 2018 alone, according to new research from CONTEXT, the technology-focused market intelligence company. The market looks set to better the 2013–2018 five-year CAGR of 25.98% and is on track to amass another $15B in the next five years.

CONTEXT ranks with the IT sector companies recognised in UK’s Best Workplaces™


LONDON, 9th May 2019 – CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company, has been named by Great Place to Work® as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces for the second year.  In the rankings the IT sector scored highly, with Salesforce and Cisco taking 1st place in the very large company category (>1,000 employees). 25% of the companies in the large category (251-1000 employees) were from the IT sector, including ...

Shift towards higher resolution and brighter large-format displays continues in W Europe in Q1 2019


London, 30th April 2019 - Unit sales of large-format displays (LFDs) in West Europe (WE) continued to grow in Q1 2019 – by almost +14% year-on-year – driven by all sub-segments, including videowalls and high-brightness displays, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company

New metal 3D printers have industry on pace for +25% higher-end printer growth in 2019


LONDON, 23rd April 2019 – While the cheapest class of 3D printers, those in the Personal* category, struggled in 2018, the high-end Industrial* category - which accounts for 70% of the global revenues of printer hardware - witnessed a year-on-year shipment growth of 18%, a trend expected to accelerate in 2019.

PC sales across Western Europe drop -2.4% in first quarter as consumer demand remains low


London, 15th April 2019 – Volume sales of PCs through Western European distributors were down by -2.4% in Q1 2019 compared to last year as consumer demand remained weak and Intel chip supply tight, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Western European distributor PC revenues continue to rise


London, 25th March 2019 – Western Europe's largest distributors saw revenues from PC sales continue to rise in early Q1 2019 after a significant increase last year, according to data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Western Europe Unit Sales of Business-targeted Monitors up +19% in January 2019


London, 8th March 2019 - Unit sales of business-targeted monitors in January 2019 by Western Europe’s IT distributors grew by +19% year-on-year as increased specifications and lower average selling prices (ASP) boosted demand, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. Consumer-targeted monitor unit sales grew +9% over the same period.

Printer hardware sales through Western European distributors stay flat in Q4 2018


London, 26th February 2019 - Sales of printer hardware through distributors in Western Europe (WE) were flat at -0.1% year-on-year in Q4 2018, mainly driven by the negative performance registered in December, which was a short month due to the Christmas holidays, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Revenue growth in Western Europe Server Computing


London, 25th February 2019 – Combined revenues from server computing products sold to enterprise customers through the distribution channel in Western Europe (WE) increased by +10.4% year-on-year in 2018, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

2019 PC sales in Western Europe continue last year's trends: commercial up, consumer weak


London, 22nd February 2019 – Trends that characterized Western European PC distribution during 2018 are continuing in the first weeks of 2019, with good demand from commercial buyers offset by weaker consumer sales, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

INDUSTRIAL 3D Printer market shines again in 2018


London, 15th January 2019 - Of the four main groups of 3D printers*, it appears that the INDUSTRIAL class will have had the strongest growth in machine shipments in 2018. INDUSTRIAL class 3D printer shipments are projected to show a +27% year-on-year (Y/Y) shipment increase, having already seen strong +19% growth through the first three quarters. In spite of ...

Industry Experts Predict Another Year of Growth for IT Distribution


London, 4th February 2019 - After a strong 12 months, experts are predicting continued channel growth for 2019, with digital transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution driving new opportunities, although macroeconomic headwinds including Brexit will inevitably have an impact.

Western European distributors see seasonal monitors sales peak move to October


London, 7th January 2019 - Revenues from desktop monitors through Western European distributors continued to grow in early Q4 2018 following three strong quarters earlier in the year. Sales were once again driven by business monitors but gaming monitors also ...

EMEA Printer Hardware Shipments up 3% in Q1 2018


London, 11th June 2018 - Unit shipments of printer hardware to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew by +3% year-on-year in Q1 2018 for only the third time in the last two years.

Sales of touchscreen LFDs up by 31% year-on-year in Q1 2018


London, 30th April 2018 - Revenues from large-format displays (LFDs) continued to grow in the first quarter of 2018, driven by, among other factors, sales of interactive displays which grew over 30% year on year, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Server Computing Sees Revenues Grow in W Europe


London, 26th April 2018 - Combined revenues from server-computing products sold to enterprise customers through the distribution channel in Western Europe (WE) increased by +12.4% year-on-year in February 2018, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.The product segments grouped to form this meta-category are ...

Industrial 3D-printer market surges again while personal market shows signs of weakness


London, 24 April 2018 – The global 3D-printer market continued its upward trajectory in Q4 2017 with more than 132K units shipped over the quarter, 14% more than in the same period a year ago. Shipments of INDUSTRIAL* 3D printers were up by 39% mostly thanks to newcomers in...

Workstation sales maintain their momentum in early Q1 2018


London, 27th March 2018 – Volume sales of PC workstations through Western Europe’s largest distributors were up by +11% year-on-year in the first two months of 2018 following +6% year-on-year growth in 2017, according to data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

Fast adoption of monitors with DisplayPort accelerates sales in business space in early Q1 2018


London, 26th March 2018 - Unit sales of business-targeted monitors in Western Europe (WE) were already strong in early Q1 2017 but have picked up even further in the same period this year to grow by +6%, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company.

SMB LAN & Data Center Switches Drive W European Enterprise Disti Networking Revenue Growth


London, 15th March 2018 - Combined revenues from networking products sold to enterprise customers through the distribution channel in Western Europe (WE) were effectively flat in January 2018, declining by only -0.2% year-on-year, according to the latest data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. However, the Enterprise LAN sector grew by +2.4% largely driven by sales of network switches.

Sales of printer hardware across Western Europe down by -4% in Q4 2017


London, 22nd February 2018 - Revenues from consumer-targeted monitors grew by +14% year-on-year in 2017 and unit sales were up by +5% compared to 2016, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company

Shift towards high resolution displays accelerates in last quarter of the year in Western Europe


London, 2nd February 2018 - Revenues from large format displays (LFDs) with ultra HD (UHD) resolution have almost doubled, and unit sales tripled, in the last quarter of 2017, according to the latest distribution data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company.

Commercial PC revenues up in Q4 2017


London, 1st February 2018 – Revenues from sales of business-targeted PCs through Western Europe’s largest distributors were up in Q4 2017 despite a drop in volume, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company.

3D printer market clicks on all fronts in 2017


London, 9th January 2018 – During the first three quarters of 2017, both the Industrial/Professional and the Personal/Desktop sectors* of the 3D printer market witnessed global unit volume growth when compared to 2016. The Personal/Desktop market continued to surge, seeing 45% more printers shipped over Q1 to Q3 2017 than ...

Strong desktop monitor shipments to Europe and Americas offset weak demand in China in Q3 2017


London, 10th January 2018 – Shipments of desktop monitors have reached almost the same levels as last year, with volumes declining by -0.4 % in Q3 2017 compared to the year before, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the IT market analysis company.

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