January 2004 factory stocks were down 68,258 units from the previous year, and up 31,614 units from December 2003. Distributor inventories were down 98,536 units from a year earlier, and up 38,188 units from the previous month. Distributor shipments were up 8 percent from the previous year.
January AC shipments up 6 percent
ARLINGTON, Va. - Combined January U.S. factory shipments of 407,380 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps were up 6 percent compared to shipments from the same month last year, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute reported. Heat pump shipments of 125,165 were also up 11 percent compared to January 2003.