Japanese consumers splurge on home appliances

Japanese consumers drove sales of home electrical appliances to the highest level in 25 years for the month of April. More people are staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, and they're buying up big on creature comforts.

The Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association reports domestic shipments for April were worth 204 billion yen, or nearly 1.9 billion dollars.

That's up 18.8 percent in yen terms from a year earlier, marking a year-on-year increase for the seventh straight month.

Air conditioner sales increased 31.6 percent. Refrigerators were up 16.9 percent, and washing machines 5.6 percent.

Some of the biggest gains relate to hygiene products like air purifiers and dehumidifiers.

The industry forecasts strong demand to continue.