Blistering heat: City sells Rs1b worth of ACs during heatwave

Shops sell nearly all of the entire summer stock

Kashif Hussain June 25, 2015
Shops sell nearly all of the entire summer stock. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: The sale of split air-conditioners (ACs) and room coolers has seen a dramatic spike during this heatwave with nearly 20,000 units worth Rs1 billion sold in the past four days.

"I have never seen such a high demand for ACs and room coolers in my life," said Karachi Electronics and Small Traders Association president Muhammad Rizwan Irfan. "Shopkeepers have to force their customers to leave their shops when it is closing time and, in many cases, shops are open till late into the night."

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The electronic shops have sold nearly all of their summer stock in just the past four days when the mercury rose to 44 degrees Celsius. The most popular kind was a one-ton capacity split AC and is in short supply now, said Irfan.

To keep up their image, prominent electronic dealers are selling ACs at company rates while others are selling at a premium. The dealers are making an average of Rs4,000 to Rs5,000 on each sale, he added. The warehouses are, however, empty now as people have purchased even the ACs on display.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2015.


ShamelessPakistanis | 9 years ago | Reply @Hassan Khan: Sorry but this is the reality. Its sad and with utmost regret I would say those who have a voice & not deaf & dumb are going through a lot more than what you have gone. The reason is simple. Electing these corrupt politicians. Allah uss qoum ki halat nahi badalta jo apni khud nahi badaltay. Pakistanis will deal with a lot more pain and suffering as these days pass. Things will get worse all over the World. Only sane religious intellectual Pakistanis can do something or such injustices will keep on happening. Again I am very sorry to hear it.
Ch Allah Daad | 9 years ago | Reply This would result in more load shedding.
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