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  • 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.

  • Currency headwinds hurt: Electrolux CEO   Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 5:10 AM ET
    Currency headwinds hurt: Electrolux CEO

    Keith McLoughlin, Electrolux CEO, tells CNBC he is pleased with the group's "broad growth" and "rich pipeline," and discusses currency headwinds impacting the group.

  • Comeback companies: Whirlpool's recent rise   Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 6:43 AM ET
    Comeback companies: Whirlpool's recent rise

    Whirlpool took a hit when the housing bubble burst but the stock is showing signs of recovery as consumers begin spending again to furnish new homes and upgrade older appliances, reports CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis.

  • Electrolux's CEO on retail growth strategy   Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 8:24 AM ET
    Electrolux's CEO on retail growth strategy

    Keith McLoughlin, Electrolux president & CEO, discusses his company's quarterly results, housing and the strength of the consumer.

  • Home Warranties Don't Always Provide Peace of Mind Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | 8:09 AM ET
    Appliance repair technician

    Home warranties are supposed to provide peace of mind. But in many cases, people who try to use them when something breaks experience disappointment and frustration.

  • Court Blocks Faulty Washers Ruling Against Sears Monday, 3 Jun 2013 | 1:17 PM ET

    The Supreme Court on Monday strikes down an appeals court ruling that favored consumers who bought Sears front-loading washing machines.

  • Electrolux Looking Increasingly Attractive: Pro   Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
    Electrolux Looking Increasingly Attractive: Pro

    Alex Gunz, fund manager at Heptagon Capital, remains very positive on equities and picks his favourite stocks which include Electrolux and Duerr.

  • Why Marrieds Tend to Be Richer: It's Complicated Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 9:02 AM ET

    Marriage confers the benefits of division of labor and economies of scale on everything from washing machines to health insurance. But it's not just about living under the same roof.

  • Electrolux Pins Growth on Emerging Markets, US Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 9:14 AM ET

    Swedish home appliances maker Electrolux said booming emerging markets and an improvement in North America would help offset poor sales and price pressure in Europe in 2013.

  • Whirlpool CEO on Strong Q4 Results   Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    Whirlpool CEO on Strong Q4 Results

    Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation chairman & CEO, discusses his company's better-than-expected fourth quarter, as shares of the stock are up more that 100 percent over the last year.

  • Home Appliance Retailer GOME Expects Full-Year Loss Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 7:33 PM ET

    GOME Electrical Appliances, backed by private equity firm Bain Capital, expects it made a loss last year because of a slowdown in China's economy and an unprofitable e-commerce business, the company said on Monday.

  • As Waistlines Grow, So Do Refrigerators Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:12 AM ET
    Refrigerators stand on display at a Conn's Inc. store in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012.

    The average US refrigerator is 15 percent larger than 30 years ago, and one out of four homes has a second one. See a problem?

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    Chinese white goods company Haier’s $705 million offer for its New Zealand partner Fisher & Paykel Appliances is tempting given slowing demand for its products, but Keith Turner, Chairman of Fisher & Paykel, says shareholders should not accept the offer, just yet.

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    What's so special about this vacuum cleaner? "High-performing 10 amp motor, 14" wide cleaning nozzle with wooden roller brush, anti-marring urethane wheels, lightweight at just under 16 pounds." Oh yeah, it's also plated in 24k gold ... and costs $999,999. Who is the target audience? "Those who simply can," says the Go Vacuum website.

  • Why Cramer Remains Bullish on Bed Bath & Beyond Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 6:27 PM ET
    A shopper leaves the Bed Bath & Beyond store in Ellisville, Mo.

    It might have a broken stock, but “Mad Money” host says it’s not a broken company.