For A/C, It's Been a Good Year
Despite the unusually cool summer weather in the Northeast, the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions, home air conditioner manufacturers don't have much inventory left to carry over into 2001. So, they are expanding their offerings, introducing products that are compliant with the new federal energy standards.
There was a burst of heat, however, in the early spring that guaranteed early demand for home air conditioners. Then the weather cooled off, resulting in lower-than-usual demand in those three areas. However, Southeast and Southwest regions had a hot summer, and the air conditioner sales there were high.
"There's quite a bit of industry carry-over in the Northeast and the Midwest," said Bradley Wire, senior marketing manager for air treatment products at Whirlpool. "That's the bad news. The good news is, the carry-over in the South is virtually non-existent."