Clothes dryers the big sellers
CLOTHES dryers trumped the iconic Hills Hoist across Australia’s flood-ravaged east coast during November and December.
Dry clothes are the least of many peoples’ concerns across the eastern states – especially in Queensland – yet the area’s dryer sales are surging as swiftly as its waters.
Fisher & Paykel Australia reported an average of 94 per cent growth in dryer sales across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria during November and December compared to the same period last year.
Harvey Norman South Tweed electrical specialist Dion Taylor said the store had sold about $20,000 worth of dryers, on Boxing Day alone.
“In fact, just before Boxing Day we had one lady sitting on a machine so no-one else could get to it,” Mr Taylor said.
“For about a week after Christmas they were our biggest seller and it’s still going strong.
“It only took a day or two until we were sold out.
“Some blokes who have been in the business for a while said they’d never seen anything like it.
“We were absolutely hammered, but the suppliers have been really good, especially Simpson and Fisher and Paykel, who only took 24 hours to get us stocked up.”
Fisher & Paykel national marketing manager Peter Russell said there had been a significant increase in dryer sales.
“In comparison to the November-December 2009 period (there was) approximately 130 per cent growth in dryer sales in Queensland, 100 per cent in Victoria and 52 per cent in New South Wales,” Mr Russell said.
Mr Taylor said computer consoles were also selling well and believed the weather had “a lot to do with it”, while televisions were also selling well.