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Air conditioner, fan sales rise as temperatures soar   2010-06-17 - VNS

Demand for air conditioners and fans has climbed in Ha Noi as temperatures reached 38 degrees Celsius or higher, according to electric shopowners.

Yen, a shopowner on Bach Mai Street, said sales of fans had tripled or quadrupled compared to earlier months. Fans that cost VND200,000-VND350,000 (US$10.5-18.4) were best-sellers at her shop, she said, with water-cooling fans selling for VND1 million ($52.6) in huge demand.

Pham Van Phu, director of Dong A Technique and Trade Joint Stock Company, said sale of air conditioners had increased by 50-60 per cent since the middle of last month.

With a surge in demand, his company did not have enough workers to install air conditioners for customers.

Ha, a salesman at HC electric and electronic supermarket, said sales of air conditioners had skyrocketed recently, with customers buying more energy-efficient machines.

To combat power outages during hot weather, customers in Ha Noi have also rushed to buy electric generators and rechargeable fans.

A shopowner in Cau Giay District said his store was selling 15-20 rechargeable fans priced between VND700,000-VND900,000 ($36.8-47.4) every day.

Although priced at VND6 million-11 million ($315.8-579) for an UPS battery inverter or a dry battery, sales of these products has risen remarkably, according to electric shops.

Sales of sun protection clothing, masks and gloves to be used in hot weather have also risen. A representative at the Ha Noi Trade Corporation (Hapro) said sales of bottled green tea went up dramatically.

Despite the surge, Hapro said it had plenty of supplies.

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