Worldwide printer shipments reached 71.6 million units in 1999, an increase of 19 percent over 1998 shipments, according to research firm Dataquest. The United States and Western Europe led the world with shipments of 23.8 million and 21.4 million units, respectively. The fastest growing region was Japan, with 1999 shipments increasing 45 percent over 1998. "Continued strong inkjet sales, particularly in the United States, Asia/Pacific and Japan, helped to fuel the overall printer market," said Paula Bursley, principal analyst for Dataquest's Printers Worldwide program. Hewlett-Packard was the No. 1, vendor with worldwide printer shipments accounting for 42.5 percent of overall shipments in 1999. Epson was No. 2, with 21.9 percent market share, followed by Canon with 14.2 percent.