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HOME THEATER INNOVATOR SAM RUNCO is slated to provide the keynote address at the Integrated Systems Europe business conference on Feb. 2 in Geneva. This is the inaugural ISE show, which runs Feb. 3 to 5. The conference is being pulled together by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, the International Communications Industries Association Inc. and the National Systems Contractors Association. Runco, who is chief executive officer of Runco International Inc., coined the term "home theater." Runco will discuss the impact of electronic systems in Europe "and give attendees a glimpse of the potential market opportunities in Europe," organizers said. So when Runco, a 30-plus-year industry veteran, speaks, people listen...

MAJOR APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS went gangbusters in November, generating the biggest year ever within 11 months. November shipments of 5,371,100 units -- the month's record -- brought the year to date to 66,788,400, compared with 67,922,300 for all of 2002. The four weeks ended Nov. 22 were up 0.9 percent from the month's previous standard, reached last year, and 8.8 percent through 11 months. Except for January, every month this year has been the largest for that month. In November and for the year to date, the seven core categories increased 3.0 percent. The only declines in November were in a few subcategories and returns for a minus 108,200 room air conditioners. Increases included 2.0 percent in electric cooking, 2.4 percent in gas cooking, 1.1 percent in washers and dryers alike, 6.7 percent in dishwashers, 4.3 percent in refrigerators, 0.4 percent in freezers and 0.5 percent in microwave ovens. Every category except freezers (down 0.5 percent) was up through 11 months. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers said October totals were revised for room air conditioners and dehumidifiers. With these numbers, might as well take December off...

MARTA IS NOW SELLING WESTINGHOUSE DIGITAL LCD TVs to consumers, the companies said. The MARTA Buying Cooperative of America is a buying group composed of more than 500 stores and has sales of more than $2 billion. The Westinghouse-branded LCD TVs being sold include the 30-, 27-, 20- and 15-inch models. Warren Mann, executive director of MARTA, said Westinghouse LCD TVs "deliver a variety of digital entertainment experiences from a single platform at a great value, offering our customers an ideal alternative to traditional [cathode-ray tube] TVs." Westinghouse Digital launched its line of LCD TVs earlier this year. Industry sources say the supplier will have some surprises at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.
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Title Annotation:Electronics industry.
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Dec 22, 2003
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