Washington – The white-goods industry took a breather in January, with factory shipments falling 1.3 percent year over year.
According to the latest wholesale data from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), growth slowed significantly last month from December, when unit volume rose 11.6 percent year over year.
Driving the decline was the kitchen clean up category, which fell nearly 11 percent on a 17.2 percent drop in compactor shipments and a 16 percent slide in wholesale disposer sales.
Also taking it on the chin was home laundry, which declined nearly 1 percent on the whole, but saw a precipitous 10.6 percent decline in gas dryer shipments.
Also coming in flat in January was cooking, slipping 0.1 percent.
But the winter doldrums ended there, with both food preservation (up 5.1 percent) and home comfort (ahead 4.4 percent) turning in solid performances.
Total industry shipments reached 4.9 million units for the month.
The complete report will appear in the March 2 issue of TWICE.