Ink supplies may have been a popular purchase in recent months, as it has been revealed that the printer market in the UK grew by six per cent in the third quarter of the year.

According to research by Context, sales of inkjet printers were mainly responsible for the rise in sales of the devices between July and September this year.

However, across most of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the printer market was in decline throughout the third quarter of the year, with a 0.6 drop recorded by the market research firm.

Co-founder and chief executive officer Jeremy Davies stated the economic slowdown was to blame for the drop in sales of printers in the three-month period.

He noted Greece saw a decline in the market of more than 35 per cent compared with the figures for the same time last year, while Spain had a six per cent drop.

Ink supplies maker Kodak recently reported a 44 per cent rise in the sale of home inkjet printers in the third quarter of the year, compared with 2010 figures.