Gifam: trend of major domestic appliances in France

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The figures published in February by the GIFAM association relating to the trend of major domestic appliances in France in 2013 show that the refrigerators segment saw a slight decrease in sales (-1%), from 2,535,000 units sold in 2012 to 2,509,000 last year. As number of appliances, the combined refrigerators were 39.5% of the total, the double door refrigerators were 23.8% and the 1-door refrigerators were 20.2%. Lower percentages regard table top models (10 %) and side- by-side (6.6%). Freezers have reported sales of 673,000 units, down 2.4% from 690,000 freezers sold in 2012. Upright freezers account for 66% of the total, while the horizontal models 34%. As for the washing compartment, in 2013 2,546,000 washing machines were sold in France, 1,5% less than the units sold in the previous year (2,585,000). The front loading models are the majority (62%), followed by the top loaders (32% ) and the washer-dryers (6%). The number of dishwashers sold has also decreased: from 1,470,000 units in 2012 to 1,440,000 in 2013 (-2 %). The freestanding models are 58% of the total, the remaining 42% is made ​​up of the built-in dishwashers. The trend of the dryers has not experienced big variations: 696,000 units were sold in 2013, 0.1% more than the 695,000 in 2012. As regards, finally, the cooking sector, the kitchens have seen a sharp decline (-7.3% ), going from 615,000 units sold in 2012 to 570,000 in 2013. Regarding the product segmentation, gas cookers constitute 36%, followed by electrical cookers (34%), mixed cookers (28%) and other types of cookers (2%). The decline of the hoods was more moderate: sales were down from 1,030,000 units ( 2012) to 1,006,000 (2013), with a decrease of -2.3%. The sales of hobs remained stable, stopped at 1,540,000 units as in 2012. The induction hobs accounted for 48%, the enameled /stainless steel hobs 23%, the ceramic hobs 19% and the glass hobs 10%. Sales of ovens have grown by 0.5% (1,035,000 units in 2013 against 1,030,000 in 2012) and sales of microwave ovens increased by 1% (2,293,000 units in 2013 against 2,270,000 in 2012).

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