Canon Net Income Down by Third – Causes Include Strong Yen, Weak Point and Shoot Sales

Posted by at 4:50 pm on October 25, 2012

Canon has seen its net income go down by more than a third, according to the company’s third quarter results. Revenues dropped to $10.3 billion, a fall of 13 percent compared to last year’s results (PDF), with the continued low demand of the company’s products given as the reason. Demand for compact cameras have stalled, plus the “stagnation of the global economy” receiving the blame.┬áThe company has cut its full year outlook based on its results.

Cameras with interchangeable lenses were growing sales in “all regions,” though sales of the EOS Digital Rebel and the 5D Mark III were lagging behind. While DSLRs and similar are predicted to increase in demand, compact cameras will need a “high added value” if customers are to pay for the devices vs the camera already in their smartphone.

Demand for laser printers has relatively maintained its current rate of sales, and while inkjet sales went down, multifunction printers rose. Predictions suggest the multifunction printers to continue rising in Japan and the US.

Canon is seeking to improve profits by relying more on robotics. A $4.8 billion production plan is being implemented with the aim of countering the negative impact the strength of the Yen, which is greatly impacting sales and profits in the west.

 

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