Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/02

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Leica 3rd quarter Results
From: "Kone Moriamou" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 17:00:35 -0500

Th approximate figures reported by a VIP at Leica were:

R bodies: 7,000/annum
M bodies: 15,000/annum

I suspect these numbers are inflated a bit.

Now I hope you understand why new products are so few and far between.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Tom Burke <>
Date: Friday, March 02, 2001 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: Leica 3rd quarter Results

>Xavier Colmant wrote:
>> How long Leica will be able to maintain the R line?
>But how great are the volumes? If, for example, the R range was selling
>an order of magnitude more than M, then that drop, while bad news, would
>not be enough to kill the line - it would stil be selling in quantity.
>Do we know what the actual sales volumes are for each line? I should
>have thought that one problem with the M line, from Leica's point of
>view, is that there are so many of them out there, still working
>perfectly and not that different from the current model. I wonder what
>the turnover of second-hand M's is, compared to sales of new
>Tom Burke