ARLINGTON, Va. - Factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for June jumped eight percent, ARI reports.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Combined U.S. factory shipments of 946,416 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for June jumped eight percent compared to shipments from the same month last year, according to Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute statistics.

Heat pump shipments of 190,770 were also up 16 percent compared to last June. Shipments for the first six months of 2003 are down one percent compared to last year.

U.S. factory shipments of unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps during June 2003 totaled 946,416, up 8 percent from June 2002. The year-to-date total of 3,867,528 was down 1 percent from January through June 2002.

Heat pump shipments included in the June 2003 figures totaled 190,770, up 16 percent from June 2002. The year-to-date total of 870,358 was up 3 percent from January through June 2002. Factory stocks were down 110,049 units from May 2003, and up 72,671 units from June 2002. Distributor inventories were up 22,819 units from May 2003, and up 123,492 units from June 2002. Distributor shipments were even with June 2002, while year-to-date shipments were down 8 percent.

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