Shipments of kitchen appliances in February dipped 13.3% from the same month last year to 2.9 million units, according to the most recent figures from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
Shipments in the first two months of 2008 are 13.3% behind levels for the same period of 2007.
Electric cooking appliance shipments dipped 15.1% year-over-year to 375,600 units shipped, while gas cooking appliances were down 15.8% to 250,900 units shipped. Microwave ovens and ranges were down 12.6% to 804,700 units.
Refrigerator shipments dipped 16.5% during the month to 577,800 units, and dishwasher shipments were down 13.6% to 453,000 units. Disposers slipped 7.4% to 472,900 units shipped, and compactors were down 9.9% to 7,300 units shipped.