Over 370,000 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps shipped in November.

ARLINGTON, Va. - November 2004's combined U.S. factory shipments of 374,689 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps were down 4 percent, compared to shipments from the same month last year, according to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.

Heat pump shipments of 116,524 were also down almost 1 percent compared to November 2003. Combined unitary shipments for the first 11 months of 2004 are up 9 percent.

Factory stocks for November 2004 were up 13,347 units from October 2004, and up 119,058 units from November 2003. Distributor inventories for November 2004 were down 16,041 units from October 2004, and up 165,215 units from November 2003. Distributor shipments for November 2004 were up 8 percent from the same time last year, with year-to-date shipments up 5 percent.