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Whirlpool Shares Rally as Americans Snap Up More Home Appliances

Whirlpool Corp. shares climbed after the appliance industry’s sales surged in June, a sign more Americans are upgrading their air conditioners and other equipment.

U.S. shipments of major home appliances rose 5.7 percent to 8.13 million units last month from a year earlier, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. The shipments are up 2.1 percent so far this year.

Air conditioners and other home-comfort appliances soared almost 43 percent in June from a year earlier, while food-preservation equipment such as refrigerators grew 4.3 percent, the trade group found. Room air conditioners alone climbed 66 percent.

Whirlpool’s stock gained as much as 3.5 percent to $181.67 in New York on Monday, the biggest intraday increase in almost three weeks. The stock was up about 20 percent this year through the end of last week.

— With assistance by Janet Freund

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