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Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/20/2014 -- Writing instruments saw continuous growth over 2010-2013. During the global financial crisis, businesses tightened their expenditures on office supplies, including writing instruments, which led to growing consumption from individual consumers. The demand from individual consumers has hit the peak and started to slow down, especially after the sales tax increase in April 2014. Overall, writing instruments in 2014 is expected to record ?94 billion in current value terms, down by 1% from 2013.

Competitive Landscape

Mitsubishi Pencil Co Ltd continued to lead sales in 2013, holding 12% share of writing instruments value sales. The company continued to maintain steady sales growth from its stable product series such as Jetstream (ball point pens), Kuru Toga (mechanical pencils) and Style Fit (roller ball pens). The company strengthened the development of the Jetstream series by launching high value-added and quality products. For example, Jetstream Prime was released in October 2013. By targeting business consumers, the pen features high-quality designs with the outer pen refill being made of metal instead of plastic to bring a more luxurious image. Whilst the traditional Jetstream pens were sold at the price range of ?108-?1,080, Jetstream Prime was sold at ?3,240-?5,400. The introduction of affordable luxury writing instruments by the domestic manufacturer created new demand from business consumers and drew attention to the category.

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Industry Prospects

Writing instruments is expected to decline by a CAGR of 1% in value terms at constant 2014 prices over the forecast period. The demand for writing instruments has slowed down since the tax increase in 2014, and the decline will likely continue in the forecast period. Total population in Japan is expected to continue declining from 127 million in 2014 to 125 million in 2015. The demand of writing instruments for educational needs is also expected to decline, as the population aged 0-14 is expected to decline from 16 million in 2014 to 14.8 million in 2019. In addition to these demographic changes, the advances in technology reduce the need for traditional writing instruments. These factors will impact the volume sales of writing instruments. Prices are expected to see slight increase, driven by the expected tax increase in 2015 and introductions of affordable luxury writing instruments by major brands.

Report Overview

Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Writing Instruments industry in Japan with research from Euromonitor's team of in-country analysts.

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The Writing Instruments in Japan market research report includes:

- Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
- Detailed segmentation of international and local products
- Historic volumes and values, company and brand market shares
- Five year forecasts of market trends and market growth
- Robust and transparent market research methodology, conducted in-country

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- What?s the potential of writing instruments sales via the internet?
- Just how dominant are pens compared to pencils, highlighters and accessories?

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