Consumer durables to cost more this summer

Consumer durables to cost more this summer
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First Published: Wed, Apr 23 2008. 01 27 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 23 2008. 01 27 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: This summer, consumers will have to pay more for household appliances, especially air conditioners and refrigerators, with the likes of Samsung, LG, Godrej, Electrolux, Carrier and Whirpool contemplating a 2-7% price hike.
Despite flooding the market with energy efficient and innovative products to lure consumers, the unprecedented increase in steel prices have forced the companies to pass on the burden to customer, who is already shelling out more for essential commodities.
Samsung India deputy MD R Zutshi told PTI that based on the input cost pressure linked with the hike in steel prices the company has already increased the prices of refrigerators by 2-3% in March. “We are also contemplating a price hike for our air conditioners,” he added.
Similarly, Godrej — which had recently announced a 2-3% increase in products with high steel content — would consider another round of hike after the season.
“If the government is unable to curb the present inflationary trend, we will have to take a re-look at the prices post summer,” Godrej Appliances Sales and Marketing VP Kamal Nandi said.
LG Electronics India (LGEIL), which had re-worked its pricing in December last year, says the current inflationary trend was hitting the company’s margins badly.
“We have not taken a decision yet as to when we will go for higher rates, but it will happen very soon. Air conditioners are expected to be 4-5% costlier, while other ranges like refrigerators and washing machines will be higher by 3-5%,” LGEIL Sales and Marketing Director V Ramachandran said.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 23 2008. 01 27 PM IST