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  • Electrolux uses motor industry ideas in productivity push Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    *30 pct of production remains in Europe, North America. The Swedish group has called an end to major plant moves out of Europe and North America. American CEO Keith McLoughlin is using modularisation, a motor industry technique that has come late to home appliances, and Electrolux has recruited from the likes of Volkswagen AG.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- AO World, the British online retailer of domestic appliances that soared at its flotation a year ago, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Wednesday and saw its shares crash by 46 percent at the open. AO, which has also moved into Germany as part of a wider European expansion plan, said some of the revenue growth this time last year was due to the extra...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 4- If the U.S. dollar stays at current levels, Whirlpool Corp's revenue could take a hit of up $1 billion in 2015, but the world's largest appliance maker expects to protect its profits, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fettig told Reuters on Wednesday. Raising prices in some foreign markets should offset some of the effects of the strong dollar, which...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 4- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday said 2015 would be another solid year for U.S. sales of its washers, stoves and refrigerators because of the housing market's recovery and low oil prices, and its shares rose 6 percent. Whirlpool reported a net profit of $81 million, or $1.02 a share, down more than 55 percent from $181 million, or $2.26 a share, a year earlier.

  • Whirlpool profit drops due to acquisition costs Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    An employee works on a Whirlpool washing machine at the company's operations plant in Clyde, Ohio.

    Whirlpool on Wednesday said its fourth-quarter profit fell due to costs from recent acquisitions, but excluding costs, the results beat expectations.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 4- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday said its fourth-quarter profit fell due to costs from recent acquisitions, but excluding those costs, the results beat market expectations. Whirlpool reported a net profit of $81 million, or $1.02 a share, down more than 55 percent from $181 million, or $2.26 a share, a year earlier. Last July Whirlpool acquired a majority...

  • *India lawsuit has no effect on operations- Barra. BEIJING, Jan 16- China's Xiaomi Inc plans to invest in Indian tech start-ups and overseas media content, as the world's No.3 smartphone maker looks to dominate homes with its own TVs and appliances. "One area that we are also looking to make some investments in is start-ups in India.

  • Prosecutors raid LG headquarters over washer row Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    Prosecutors raided LG Electronics' headquarters amid a probe of whether LG damaged rival Samsung Electronics' washing machines at German retail stores, LG said.

  • U.S. business spending plans gauge flat in November Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 23- A gauge of business investment plans was unexpectedly flat in November, suggesting a slowdown in economic growth after a brisk expansion over the last two quarters. Overall orders for durable goods- items ranging from toasters to aircraft that are meant to last three years or more- unexpectedly fell 0.7 percent, even as Boeing reported a surge...

  • *Net was 347.5 mln yuan, revenue 26.6 bln yuan. BEIJING, Dec 15- Privately owned Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co booked 347.5 million yuan in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing that showed the world's No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins. "They're growing so fast and so lean, I wouldn't be surprised even if they were losing money," said...

  • Dec 9- Texas- based electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc reported a quarterly loss, withdrew its 2015 profit forecast, and said its chief financial officer had resigned as its mainly low-income customers struggle with credit payments. The company reported a net loss of $3.1 million, or 8 cents per share for the third quarter ended Oct. 31, compared...

  • Dec 9- Texas- based electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc reported a third-quarter loss and withdrew its 2015 profit forecast, sending its shares down as much as 40 percent in premarket trading. Shares of the company, which also said CFO Brian Taylor had resigned, were set to open at a more than two year-low on Tuesday. The company reported a net loss of...

  • ATHENS, Nov 28- At Greek home appliance retail chain Electroniki, a washing machine cost 497 euros six years ago. Greece has muddled through 20 consecutive months of deflation, or continuously falling consumer prices- a phenomenon that economists say could soon infect the whole euro zone. Yet alarm over low inflation in other parts of southern Europe does not...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Middleby Corp, maker of high-end kitchen appliances for both professional and home cooks, has become a new favorite of fund managers as it benefits from changing American dining habits. That push away from Big Macs has spurred Middleby's revenue growth, which hit 14 percent in its current fiscal year, and prompted 81 mutual funds, including those...

  • Flushed with ideas, toilets enter the 21st century Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 AM ET
    Various functions are available on the washlets that Toto Ltd. sells. The Japanese are seen as innovators in toilet technology.

    Bathroom breaks are getting a bit more luxurious as home appliance makers bring new features to the most basic of fixtures.

  • Whirlpool posts higher profit but reduces forecast Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    A customer talks to a sales associate in front of a row of Whirlpool washing and drying machines.

    Whirlpool posted a higher profit on increased sales of its washers and dryers, cooktops, stoves, and refrigerators in North America and Europe.

  • Samsung: LG, stop vandalizing our washing machines! Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 AM ET
    A Samsung employee holds a smartphone remotely controlling a WW9000 washing machine at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, September 5.

    Samsung has accused the head of rival LG Electronics' appliances business of damaging Samsung washing machines at retail stores.

  • This doubles our size in the U.S., says Keith McLoughlin, Electrolux CEO, discussing the acquisition of General Electric's appliance business amid growing global competition in the industry.

  • GE in talks to sell appliances business: Report Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    General Electric is in talks with potential suitors about selling its appliances business for up to $2.5 billion, Bloomberg reported.

  • Google's Nest recalls 440,000 fire alarms in US Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 5:20 PM ET
    Nest Thermostat

    Nest is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, according to a notice that provides public knowledge of how many of the smart home appliances have shipped.