Air conditioning hits record sales

According to industry figures German heatwave drives record sales for air conditioning units.

Air conditioning hits record sales

Berlin (dpa) - A heatwave in Germany has driven record sales of air conditioning units, according to industry figures.

The German industry association FGK-Klima says more than 200,000 units have been sold this year, compared to an average of 150,000 to 160,000.

The retail trade association Technik des Einzelhandels has also reported a run on mobile air conditioning units and fans, with more than 70,000 sold in the first half of this year.

"Lots of people have decided [to buy] because of the heat and because they fear longer warm periods in the coming years due to climate change," says journalist Manfred Stahl, who has been reporting on the industry for 30 years.

Around 3 per cent of German households have built in air-conditioning, according to industry figures.

Germany, along with much of the rest of Europe, has been suffering a major heatwave in recent weeks, which has seen swans evacuated from Hamburg's Alster river and Hanover's airport temporarily closed after the heat damaged one of its runways.