Washington - Strong demand for dehumidifiers, freezers and room air conditioners amid an early summer heat pushed factory shipments of major appliances up 4.8 percent in June to 6.7 million units.
White-goods dealers may also be snapping up inventory in advance of a second round of vendor price hikes, which are set to go into effect in August following an initial increase in April.
The results, compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), were up sharply from May, when total industry shipments declined 5.1 percent year over year.
Shipments of dehumidifiers led the majap pack in June with a unit volume gain of 26.5 percent year over year for the four weeks between May 29 and July 2.
Upright freezers and ACs trailed closely, with gains of 21.8 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Also showing strong growth in June were microwave ovens, shipments of which rose 16 percent.
But the balance of the majap business, which includes the core laundry, dishwasher, refrigerator and oven/range categories, was weak, posting a collective 2.8 percent decline. The downturn was led by 14 percent declines in both the electric oven and gas cooktop categories, followed by a 6.4 percent decline in laundry, a 5 percent decline in dishwashers, and flat shipments of refrigerators.
Total industry shipments year to date were also flat, at 0.1 percent.