COLUMBUS, Ohio – Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) released its monthly TRENDS report Oct. 28, showing the average sales performance by HARDI distributors was an increase of 21% during September 2021. The average annual sales growth for the 12 months through September 2021 is 19.6%.

“Demand continued strong through the last month of the 2021 cooling season,” said HARDI Market Research & Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus. “September was the seventh month this year with sales growth that exceeded 20%. The dollar weighted annual rate is close to the average annual participant’s sales gain of 19.6%. The producer price index for the industry indicates about half this annual sales growth is price increases.”

The Days Sales Outstanding, a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, was 41 days at the end of September 2021. “The monthly DSO has been trimmed by four to five days since the summer of 2020 and the economic support programs,” said Loftus. “That market benefit or distortion continues.”

The Producer Price Index for Primary Air Conditioning, Forced Air Heating and Refrigeration products has increased by 9.4% through September 2021. “The record sales growth is a result of the stimulus dollars and wealth effect. It has received an extra boost from the record price increases to cover the higher operating costs,” said Loftus. “The median PPI increase across the 10 years pre-pandemic interruption was only 2%.”