COLUMBUS — Sales by HVACR distributors participating in the monthly sales survey by Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) increased by 4.1% during May 2024.

The annual sales growth for the 12 months through May 2024 was 1.3%.

“While the national sales growth for the month was 4.1%, there was a lot of variation across the country,” said Brian Loftus, HARDI’s macroeconomic and residential market analyst. “The sales performance ranged from a decline of 2.5% in the central region, where cooling degree days were 28% below normal, to an increase of 10.6% in the Southeast region, where there were 31% more cooling degree days than normal.”

The Days Sales Outstanding, a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, was near 40 days during May. “The 40-day DSO for May this year is consistent with May during the prior three post-Covid years,” said Loftus.  “After a couple years of higher interest rates and weaker demand in the marketplace, it is encouraging to see the DSO remaining stable at this stage of the cycle.

“The modest flat/up results so far this year are consistent with our expectations that 2024 is the bottom of this cycle,” continued Loftus. “Looking forward, we expect the growing number of home listings will have a positive influence on the number of existing home sales, and we are one month closer to lower rates that will also help end market demand. We believe that annual sales growth rate line has bottomed.”

HARDI members do not receive financial compensation in exchange for their monthly sales data and can discontinue participation without prior notice or penalty. Participation is voluntary, and the depth of market coverage varies from region to region. An independent entity collects and compiles the data, which can include sales information about products not directly associated with the HVACR industry.