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Humidifiers and hot plates lift Japan appliances sales to 24-year high

Cooped-up consumers also buy more high-priced toasters and big TVs

Iris Ohyama's Black Label line of appliances: White goods sold briskly in Japan last year. (Photo courtesy of Iris Ohyama)

TOKYO -- The coronavirus pandemic has failed to cool the trend among Japanese consumers for buying appliances.

Shipments of appliances edged up 1% to a 24-year high of 2.54 trillion yen ($24.4 billion) in 2020, growing for a fifth straight year.

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