Us Major Home Appliance Industry in 2002

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dilHH]iffiiWsECTIoNEInd.ustryThree:Majortr{omeAppliances
U.S.

Manufacturets'

Unit Shiprnents of

Product

2001

2000

1999

199s
9B

1990
3,419

1980 23s 2.\^

Major llorne Appliancesr
(Arnounts in thsusands)

Compactors 117 1 l8 I 1-5 Dishwashers. built-in 5,478 5,663 5.542 Dishwashers, porlable 149 164 11A Disposers 5.54.7 5.485 5,369) Dlvers. compact NA NA 1,702 Dryers, electric 5,117 -5,095 4.865 Drvers, gas I ,384 1,480 .443 Freezers, chest 1,28-5 1,075 1,0-58 Freezers, compactZ 49A 4"13 433 Freezers, upright 930 888 929 Microwave ovens, in ranges2 82 82 8l Microwave ovens, countertop rc.220 10,114 9,264 Microwave/convection ovens 200 196 15-5 Miclowave ovensJ over range 2,946 2,334 2,162 Range/oven hoods 3,200 3,150 3,000 Ranges, electric, built-in 7?3 706 7O4 Ranges, electric, freestanding 3,842 3,826 3,785 Ranges, electric, surface cookin_q 498 494 493 Ranges, eiectric. glass/ceramic2 2,314 2,05'1 2,035 Ranges. gas. built-in 71 70 72 Ranges, gas, freestanding 2,850 2,729 2,698 Ranges, gas, surface cookirg 384 377 367 Ranges, gas, glass/ceramic2 58 34 Refrigerators, built-in 13"1 133 116 Refrigerators, compact2 1,355 i,530 l,4gj Refrigerators. standard 9,305 9,217 9,099 Washers, automatic 7,362 7,495 7,313 Washers, compact NiA N/A 1952 Water heaters, electric 4,333 4.25'7 4,281 Water heaters, gas 4"931 4,907 4,934 Water softeners 935 989 951 Total ?3J00 72An ?0"18t 1

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4.321
226

4,519
1602

4.424

r.205
934
357 757 80

I,760
115

1,100 1 740. 619
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217 384 4.131 2,962 275 201 3,318 ) )a1 1.002 682 123 963 351 310 513 789 146 26s 8,193 3,320 303 N/A 780 N/A 2.4s0 2,400 631 555 -,JJA

955
B6

2,490 278

455 85 106 2,061 262
932
7,101

2,3-58

1,975

N/A i55
102

1,437

N/A

60,476

;: 1.032 8,670 6,901 2002 3,917 1.453 718

N;
543

5,124

6.192

4.426
266

3M
3,226

2,45r
2.818

3,906
571 53,726

NIA
37,010

Notes:
1. Exports not included.

2. Figures not included in industry total.

Sourcc: "Statistical Rcvizw," Altplianct: (April 2002. 199E, and 1990),

p.50.

short-term lluctuaticlns, future unit sales were expected to grow only 7.9o/r, annually from 2000 to 2005 in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Operating margins had been dropping as appliance manuf'actllrers were fbrced to keep prices low to Lre competitive even though costs kept increasing. The situation was the same in Western Europe. a marl(et 257a larger than the U.S. major home appliance market, where unit sales were expected to grow only 1.7V0 annrt' ally during the same period. Markets in Asia. Eastern Europe. and Latin America had become more important to world trade as more countries changed to a free market economy. lndustry analysts expected appliance markets in tirese areas to grow at a rate of 5%,-6oia annually between 2000 and 2005.3 The industry was under pressure from governments around the world to make environmentally safe products pius significantly improve appliance efficiency in terms of energl usage and 'vveter collsumplion.

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