Jan. 20, 2009 (China Knowledge) - The Qingdao-based household appliance manufacturer Qingdao Haier Co Ltd<600690> has surpassed U.S. rival Whirlpool as the world's top refrigerator producer in terms of sales, according to Euromonitor, the world's leading independent business intelligence provider.
Haier said it sold 12 million refrigerators worldwide last year, up 20% over the previous year. Its market share reached 6.3% globally.
Haier, also the world fourth largest white goods maker, primarily offers refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dishwashers, microwave ovens, gas stoves, washing machines and other household electrical appliances. Its products are distributed under the brand name Haier in over 160 countries.
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