Washington - Strong
demand for ACs, dehumidifiers and refrigerators amid an early summer heat --
plus the final effects of the majap stimulus rebates -- sent industry shipments
up 9.4 percent last month.
According to the
latest wholesale data from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
(AHAM), vendors shipped 6.4 million units in June, bringing 2010's first-half
tally to 33.6 million pieces, an increase of 4 percent over the prior-year
Leading the charge
last month was the home-comfort category, which rose 43.7 percent year over year
on a 65.6 percent surge in dehumidifier shipments and a 40.3 percent hike in
room air units. But the gains barely helped compensate for three consecutive
years of declines, as evidenced by year-to-date shipments that were flat for
ACs and down 3 percent for dehumidifiers.
Also enjoying the
early summer heat wave was refrigeration, which rose 14.3 percent to 1.3
million units. The industry gave freestanding freezers the cold shoulder,
however, with factory shipments falling 10.4 percent for chest and upright
showing was in kitchen cleanup, where an 11 percent boost in dishwasher
shipments led the category to an 8.3 percent climb for the month.
Coming in a far
fourth was home laundry, up 4.3 percent, as weak demand for electric dryers
offset a 6.7 percent surge in washer shipments.
cooking fell on hard times in June, with total shipments dipping 5 percent on
weakness in gas ovens (down 11.5 percent) and microwaves (down 9.7 percent),
offsetting a 16 percent spike in electric ovens.
snapshot of the majap industry is the AHAM 6, an amalgamation of the core
washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, range and oven categories,
which rose 6.6 percent for the month, to 3.7 million units, and 9.2 percent for
the year, to nearly 17.7 million units.