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Chinese Families Prefer Electric Fans Over ACs Post SARS
Jun 18, 2003
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Chinese families are choosing electric fans instead of air-conditioners this summer as an aftereffect of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, according to an Asia Pulse report.

Li Hongyang, a public servant, bought three electric fans when his department was providing electric fans at wholesale price for employees, even though his family had eliminated electric fans as obsolete appliances 2 years ago, the report said.

"After SARS, we are more conscious of the importance of health. My family wanted each room to be equipped with an electric fan," Li said in the report.

Producers seem to be taking full advantage of the new consumption trend, according to the report. Various models of electric fans are displayed in stores in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province.

"Our company has completed 80 percent of the yearly sales targets and set a new record of selling 13 million electric fans worldwide," said Liu Taihua, a sales manager for Midea Group who is in charge of electric fan sales in Shijiazhuang.

The electric fan market had been in decline for years after air-conditioners became popular, Asia Pulse reported. However, following the SARS outbreak, the Chinese community is seeing the importance of ventilating rooms to guard against disease spread.

In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, sales of electric fans in May increased by more than 20 percent on the same period last year, while sales of air-conditioners dropped by 15 percent, the report said.

In Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, a local key electric appliance seller, Nanjing Wuxing Electric Appliance, has observed lower sales of air-conditioners this May in comparison to last May, the report said.

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