Majap Sales Up 5.1% In August

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With a lift from unpleasant weather, major appliance unit shipments staged a major rebound in August, jumping 5.1% to 4.8 million to set a new record for the month, AHAM reports. The shipment total for the year's first eight months of 35.3 million was off a scant 0.3% from last year.

The rise, which followed shipment declines in both June and July, was paced by the home comfort category.

The combination of hurricanes in the South and heat waves in other parts of the country resulted in a doubling of demand for dehumidifiers and produced a 58% rise for room air conditioners. Excluding those home comfort products, total shipments would have been up just 2.8%.

Joining dehumidifiers in setting new August shipment highs were dishwashers, with a 5% rise, and gas and electric dryers, with 2% and 7% increases, respectively. Refrigerator shipments climbed 12% to 987,900 to set a new record for any month.

Shipments of appliances in the core category (ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators) rose 3.8% to 3.14 million in August, but ended the full period off 1.5% at 21.1 million.

Shipments of non-core products were up 7.8% to 1.67 million for the month and for eight months were up 1.7% to 14.2 million.

Although the industry is still generally considered to be in something of a depressed state, shipments of refrigerators, freezers, freestanding ranges, room air conditioners, and microwave ovens are all running ahead of the record pace set last year.

doubling of demand for dehumidifiers and produced a 58% rise for room air conditioners. Excluding those home comfort products, total shipments would have been up just 2.8%.

Joining dehumidifiers in setting new August shipment highs were dishwashers, with a 5% rise, and gas and electric dryers, with 2% and 7% increases, respectively. Refrigerator shipments climbed 12% to 987,900 to set a new record for any month.

Shipments of appliances in the core category (ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators) rose 3.8% to 3.14 million in August, but ended the full period off 1.5% at 21.1 million.

Shipments of non-core products were up 7.8% to 1.67 million for the month and for eight months were up 1.7% to 14.2 million.

Although the industry is still generally considered to be in something of a depressed state, shipments of refrigerators, freezers, freestanding ranges, room air conditioners, and microwave ovens are all running ahead of the record pace set last year.

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