Canon camera sales fell 16% in Japan last year, compared to the year before, according to official figures.

Canon camera sales fell 16% in Japan last year, compared to the year before, according to official figures.

NEWS UPDATE 30 JANUARY: Full business results

Canon’s domestic Consumer Imaging sales revenue dropped 34.3 billion yen, to 179.5 billion yen for the 12 months to 31 December 2011.

The figures are contained in financial results released earlier today by Canon Marketing Japan Inc, the camera maker?s domestic sales arm.

However, Canon predicts a 17% rise in domestic Consumer Imaging sales for 2012.

In a presentation, dated 27 January, Canon Marketing Japan added: ?We estimate the sale amount of damage [sic] by earthquake and Thailand flood [to be] 43.5 billion of yen [around £360 million].?

Sales of both digital compacts and DSLRs dropped ?double-digit?, according to a subsequent report published by Pen News Weekly, a Japanese trade newsletter. However, this has not been confirmed by Canon.

?Interchangeable lens sales also dropped in response to the decline of DSLR sales,’ claimed Pen.

Canon is due to release its full business results on 30 January.