Home appliance shipments in Japan fell in May

Japan's domestic shipments of home appliances posted a year-on-year decline for the second straight month in May. The drop was largely due to supply disruptions caused by coronavirus lockdowns in Shanghai.

The Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association says domestic shipments fell 11.1 percent last month to 189 billion yen or about 1.4 billion dollars.

The decrease also reflects the fact that demand for household appliances was stronger than usual a year ago when many people stayed home amid the pandemic.

Unit shipments of washing machines dropped by 34.5 percent from a year earlier and air conditioners tumbled by 21 percent.