Drought Lifts Sales of Washers, Toilets

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Mar 25, 2002
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Home Depot Inc. and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are among stores cashing in on drought fallout as consumers seek water-saving fixtures.


New York and New Jersey have urged the public to conserve water by such means as fixing leaking pipes, not watering lawns and only taking cars to commercials washers. Now the public is also looking inside homes for ways to conserve water, a step which is helping retailers and manufacturers sell more big-ticket, water-saving appliances, a staple item for larger merchandisers.


Stores and manufacturers alike, say they are seeing robust interest in newer appliances, kitchen and bathroom water fixtures, as many consumers seek to replace older faucets, toilets, and laundry and dishwashing machines that guzzle water.


Moderator Comment: Do worsening drought conditions
pose similar types of problems for retailers in New York as those faced by their
Californian counterparts during that state’s energy crisis? [George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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