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Appliance Shipments Post Sharp First-Quarter Gains

WASHINGTON DC — A three-month surge in activity saw domestic shipments of major home appliances post sharp gains in the first quarter of 2021, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reported last week.

According to the Washington, DC-based AHAM, first-quarter appliance shipments increased 27.4% over those in the first three months of 2020. Appliance shipments throughout much of 2020 had been lagging those of the previous year, but improvements have been steadily posted as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – and related supply chain issues – have become less pronounced, AHAM noted.

First-quarter 2021 gains were posted in all key product categories, including cooking appliances (+25.2%), kitchen cleanup (+15.0%), food preservation (+41.6%) and home laundry (+28.9%), the trade association added.

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