November Majap Shipments
Up 3.7% Year-Over-Year: AHAM
By Alan Wolf On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
Factory shipments of major appliances rose 3.7 percent
in November versus 2009 and soared 164 percent over the preceding
month as retailers stocked up on Black Friday inventory.
Refrigerators and cooking appliances were the biggest beneficiaries of
the buildup, with unit volume up 11.4 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively,
in those categories.
The largest increase was claimed by the home comfort category, up 188
percent due to shipments last month of some 56,000 units, compared to
returns last year of approximately 19,300 ACs. The change helped offset
a 58.6 percent decline in dehumidifier shipments.
Kitchen cleanup proved to be the laggard of November, with shipments
down 6 percent due to a 13.2-percent drop in disposer volume, while
deliveries of dishwashers were flat.
Home laundry also put in a flat performance, with washers falling 1.9
percent to 692,900 units and dryer shipments flat at 0.6 percent growth.
Within cooking, gas-fueled ranges and ovens were all the rage, with shipments
up 12.1 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively, followed by microwave
ovens at 10.4 percent. In contrast, electric cooktops and ranges fell
by 4.3 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively, with only electric ovens (up
5.4 percent) showing strength within the current class.
Meanwhile, freestanding freezers trailed refrigerators with a 4.3 percent
increase for upright models and a 3.2 percent gain for chest-style units,
but contributed nonetheless to the overall food preservation category’s
hefty 9.8-percent surge in November.
The composite AHAM 6 category, comprised of washers, dryers, dishwashers,
refrigerators, freezers, ranges and ovens, rose 2.9 percent in
November, and was up 4.6 percent year-to-day through Nov. 27.
Total year-to-date shipments were up 3 percent, to 56.5 million units,
compared to a 13.7 percent decline for the same period in 2009.