Some 2.5 million kitchen appliances were shipped in January, down 13.7% from the same month last year, acording to the most recent figures from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Electric cooking appliances dipped 11.1% to 328,000 units shipped, while gas coooking appliances slipped 10.8% to 187,300 units. Microwave ovens and ranges fell 18.8% from January, 2007, to 671,400 units shipped.
Gas and electric range shipments in January dipped 11.8% to 400,900 units shipped. Gas and electric cooktops were down 6.5% to 60,200 units, and gas and electric wall ovens slipped 10.0% to 54,100 units shipped.
Refrigerators were down 8.8% for the month to 513,700 units, dishwashers down 7.4% to 399,600 units, disposers down 19.4% to 403,100 units, and compactors down 20.0% to 5,600 units shipped.