Users of Canon printer cartridges snapped up laser printers in increasing numbers during 2010, according to a new report.

Figures from IDC showed that between October and December last year, the number of laser device shipments was nearly a quarter up on the figure recorded a year earlier.

This is much bigger than the rate of growth seen in the inkjet segment, in which only a one per cent rise was recorded year-on-year.

The growing popularity of Canon printers led to a record number of shipments across the world throughout the final quarter of 2010.

Statistics indicated that 6.9 million units were distributed around the globe during this three-month period.

As a result, it managed to secure an 18.8 per cent share of the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market by the end of the year.

This put it ahead of rival brands including Epson, Brother and Samsung.

IDC's findings back up a recent report from Canon, which noted that laser printers "realised a steady rebound compared with the previous year" in the last quarter of 2010.