By Lisa Johnston
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Washington – The major appliance industry got off to a mixed start in 2014, with factory shipments rising 2.1 percent in January.
According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), which compiles the monthly wholesale data, the gains were concentrated in room air and microwave ovens, and masked steep declines in home laundry, down 10.8 percent, and refrigerators/freezers, down 10.1 percent.
Gas ovens saw the biggest drop last month at 34.5 percent, while chest-style freezers and trash compactors followed with declines of 22.5 percent each.
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Washington – Factory shipments of major appliances rocketed 18.1 percent in November to nearly 5 million units as retailers loaded up for Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend sales events and the unofficial start of the holiday selling season.
Washington – Major appliances ended 2012 on a flat note, with total factory unit shipments rising less than 1 percent year-over-year.
But the overall results masked weakness in core categories including laundry, down 7.2 percent; refrigerators, down 2.1 percent; and ranges, down by the low single digits, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) reported.
Washington – Weak demand for room air conditioners kept factory shipments of major appliances essentially flat in August.
According to the latest monthly data compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), wholesale sales of white goods slipped 0.1 percent to about 4.4 million units, dragged down by a 43.6 percent decline in room air shipments and a nearly 59 percent drop in dehumidifier orders.
Washington – A mid-summer surge in room air demand prompted by a blistering July contributed to a 6.3 percent spike in unit factory shipments of major appliances last month.
According to the monthly wholesale sales tally by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), total shipments reached 4.5 million units, compared with 4.2 million in July 2011.
Nevertheless, year-to-date unit volume is down 1.2 percent from the comparable period last year.
A refrigerant recovery certification program study guide, sponsored by the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), is now available online.
According to the trade groups, the program, approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), offers a "convenient, affordable, and thorough self-study course" designed especially for technicians who recover refrigerant from appliances grouped as Type I by the EPA.
Sluggish sales of microwave ovens and room air conditioners helped drag factory shipments of major appliances down by 6.7 percent in July, compared to the period last year.
According to the monthly tally of wholesale sales compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), shipments fell to 4.2 million units from 4.5 million in July 2000. Year-to-date, shipments dropped 7.1 percent to 37.4 million units.