AHAM Reports Sales Chilled in December

By Tedra Meyer On Jan 29 2001 - 8:00am




WASHINGTON - Factory shipments of major cooking appliances continued to head south in December, falling 4.4 percent below the same month last year, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

December's numbers served as salt in the industry's wound, following an October fall of 11.1 percent in factory sales and November's negligible recovery of 1.4 percent, compared with the same periods in 1999.

AHAM reported 5.6 million units shipped in December 2000, compared with 5.9 million the previous December. However, year-end totals increased in all categories, with 65 million units shipping, 3.7 percent more than in 1999.

Taking the hardest hit for the month were the cooking and home comfort categories, which fell 16.1 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively, when compared with the same period last year. Refrigerators and freezers fell 6.0 percent.

The home laundry category was the only one to see considerable light in December, with 1.5 million units shipping, or 14.4 percent more than the same month in 1999. Kitchen cleanup products increased 1.1 percent, compared with the year-ago period.

The so-called "AHAM 6" - washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and freestanding and built-in ranges - grew slightly, with 3.7 million units shipping, 2.5 percent more than December 1999. The year total also grew 1.9 percent, with 38.4 million units shipping.

Industry Shipments Of Major Appliances* / Units in 1,000s

Product

2000 DECEMBER

1999 DECEMBER

% Chg.

2000 12 mos.

1999 12 mos.

% Chg.

ALL MAJOR APPLIANCES

5,621.00

5,876.70

-4.40

64,997.90

62,687.60

3.70

COOKING - TOTAL

1,904.10

2,268.60

-16.10

20,845.50

19,540.60

6.70

ELECTRIC RANGES - TOTAL

506

502.3

0.70

5,025.70

4,982.40

0.90

Freestanding

384.3

385.5

-0.30

3,826.10

3,784.80

1.10

Built-In

73.3

69.7

5.10

705.9

704.5

0.20

Surface Cooking Units

48.3

47.1

2.70

493.7

493.1

0.10

GAS RANGES - TOTAL

323.2

322.8

0.10

3,176.30

3,136.20

1.30

Freestanding

278.1

282.6

-1.60

2,729.10

2,697.60

1.20

Built-In

7.6

6.9

9.30

69.9

71.9

-2.70

Surface Cooking Units

37.5

33.3

12.50

377.3

366.7

2.90

MICROWAVE OVENS

1,075.00

1,443.50

-25.50

12,643.60

11,421.90

10.70

HOME LAUNDRY - TOTAL

1,456.50

1,272.70

14.40

14,069.50

13,621.60

3.30

AUTOMATIC WASHERS

773.2

665.1

16.30

7,495.00

7,313.20

2.50

DRYERS - TOTAL

683.3

607.6

12.50

6,574.50

6,308.40

4.20

Electric

532

473.2

12.40

5,094.70

4,864.70

4.70

Gas

151.4

134.4

12.60

1,479.80

1,443.70

2.50

KITCHEN CLEANUP - TOTAL

1,168.80

1,155.90

1.10

11,430.90

11,195.40

2.10

DISPOSERS

565.5

519.3

8.90

5,485.00

5,369.40

2.20

DISHWASHERS - TOTAL

590

624.1

-5.50

5,827.70

5,711.20

2.00

Built-In

570.1

602.2

-5.30

5,663.30

5,541.60

2.20

Portable

19.9

21.9

-9.40

164.4

169.6

-3.10

COMPACTORS

13.3

12.5

6.50

118.2

114.7

3.00

FOOD PRESERVATION - TOTAL

928.9

987.9

-6.00

11,180.10

11,085.70

0.90

REFRIGERATORS

755.7

768

-1.60

9,216.60

9,098.60

1.30

FREEZERS - TOTAL

173.2

219.9

-21.20

1,963.50

1,987.10

-1.20

Chest

94.7

121.6

-22.10

1,075.50

1,057.70

1.70

Upright

78.5

98.2

-20.10

888

929.5

-4.50

HOME COMFORT - TOTAL

162.6

191.6

-15.10

7,471.80

7,244.40

3.10

ROOM AIR CONDITIONERS

148.4

180.5

-17.80

6,496.40

6,294.20

3.20

DEHUMIDIFIERS

14.3

11.1

28.40

975.4

950.2

2.70

AHAM 6**

3,718.70

3,629.40

2.50

38,408.40

37,677.40

1.90


* Domestic shipments only. Includes U.S.-produced and imported products.

** Includes washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and freestanding and built-in ranges.

Source: AHAM

cTWICE 2001



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