Major Appliance Shipments Continue to Fall, AHAM Says

Jason Hicks |

WASHINGTON — Unit shipments of major appliances such as washers and dryers fell more than 17% in May, marking the sixth consecutive month of double-digit declines in factory sales, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). Shipments fell nearly 1 million units in May and were down 5 million units, or nearly 17%, in the year to date.Declines within the core “AHAM 6” categories, which include washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges and ovens, appeared to moderate somewhat in May, with the composite falling a relatively modest 11% year over year.However, the downturn in major appliance shipments is now in its third year, so year-over-year comparisons are lapping nearly 24 months of successive unit shipment declines.Looking at individual components, washers fell 9.5% to about 578,700 units and dryers fell 11.4% to about 490,500 units. 

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Jason Hicks

American Drycleaner

Jason Hicks was assistant editor for American Trade Magazines, which publishes American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News, for more than nine years, and web editor for three years.

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