Cabinet Sales, Appliance Shipments Post Strong First-Half Gains


WASHINGTON, DC — Reflecting gains in both new construction and residential remodeling, cabinet and vanity sales, along with domestic shipments of major home appliances, continued their rebound from the impact of COVID-19 in the first half of 2021.

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an April-to-June spike of 23.7% over the same quarter a year ago was largely responsible for an overall year-to-date gain of 26.6% in major appliance shipments compared to the same six-month period in 2019.

First-half gains were posted in all key product categories, including food preservation (+31.6%), home laundry (+27.7%), cooking (+24.1%) and kitchen cleanup (+17.4%), the Washington, DC-based AHAM noted.

In a similar vein, major domestic kitchen cabinet and vanity manufacturers continued to post strong sales gains through the first six months of 2021, as demand remains at record heights, according to the latest in a series of monthly surveys by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

The KCMA’s latest “Trend of Business Survey” reflected a year-to-date sales increase of 20.2% through June when compared to the same six-month period last year. Custom cabinet sales through the first six months of 2021 were up 23.5% over the same period last year, while semi-custom cabinet sales rose 20.9%, and stock cabinet sales gained 19.1%, the Reston, VA-based KCMA said. Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 75% of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market, according to the KCMA.

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