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Samsung, LG lead the pack in US home appliance market

Trump's safeguard tariffs will have little impact on South Korean companies

Samsung Electronics' built-in home appliances are displayed at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida on Jan. 9. (Courtesy of Samsung Electronics)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has come out top in the U.S. home appliance market for two years in a row, accounting for one fifth of all refrigerators, washing machines and microwaves sold there, followed by its local rival LG Electronics which pushed U.S. brand Whirlpool into third place.

Samsung's share reached 19.5% by units sold in the country last year, up from 17.3% a year ago, according to data from TraQline, a U.S. market research company. LG had 15.7% market share, while Whirlpool drew 15.4%.

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