Oct. Majap Shipments Flat: AHAM
By Alan Wolf On Nov 21 2011 - 5:01am
of major appliances were essentially
flat in October, edging up just 0.6
percent to 4.3 million units.
But the data, compiled by the Association
of Home Appliance Manufacturers
(AHAM), reveals continued
softness in core categories that was
masked by high double-digit gains in
dehumidifiers and chest-style freezers.
Shipments of dehumidifiers rose
93 percent year over year to some
54,500 units for the four weeks ended
Oct. 29, while chest-style freezer volume
increased nearly 70 percent to
134,600 units, compared to 79,500
shipped in October 2010.
Also posting strong monthly showings
were portable dishwashers (up
9.3 percent) and microwave ovens
(up 8.3 percent), while trash compactors,
garbage disposal units and gasfueled
cooktops managed low singledigit
The balance of product categories
tracked by AHAM all experienced unit
volume declines last month.
Room air led the retreat with a decrease
of 54.2 percent from last year,
followed by gas ranges which fell by
10.1 percent to about 189,000 units
shipped. Gas ovens similarly slipped
by nearly 9 percent, while electric
cooking products cumulatively declined
by 3.5 percent.
Within laundry, washer volume was
flat at negative 3 percent although
dryer shipments tumbled by nearly 6
Elsewhere, shipments of refrigerators
were essentially flat with a 0.9
percent gain, while unit volume for
built-in dishwashers fell 3.6 percent.
The AHAM 6, a composite category
comprised of the core washer, dryer,
dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer,
range and oven categories, was static
with a negligible 0.8 percent retreat.
For the 10 months through Oct. 29,
total shipments slipped 0.1 percent,
to 52 million units, while the AHAM
6 posted a 4.4 percent decline, led
down by a 10 percent drop in gas
oven volume and mid-single digit declines
in gas ranges, electric ovens,
refrigerators and laundry.