Prices of TV, AC, refrigerators and phones set to rise by February end

Apple distributors in India have indicated that shortages are already being felt and unlikely to be resolved in the next 30 days

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Japanese AC maker Daikin has already informed retailers that the company will be increasing prices 3-5% from February. Representational image: iStock

Prices of televisions, air-conditioners, refrigerators and some smartphone models are set to go up later this month as manufacturers grapple with a shortage of components and finished products imported from coronavirus-hit China.

The Economic Times reported that companies are cutting down on discounts and promotional offers, which will raise prices 3-5%. For some items such as televisions, it could be 7-10%, since the international price of the main component — the TV panel — has already risen 15-20% due to shortages.

Apple issued a revised investor guidance late on Monday saying iPhone supplies worldwide will be temporarily constrained since the company’s manufacturing partners in China are ramping up production slower than expected.

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Two industry executives said Apple distributors in India have indicated to key trade partners that shortages are already being felt and unlikely to be resolved in the next 30 days.

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Apple’s India production of the iPhone XR and 7 models are not enough to meet local demand, with around 70-75% of the inventory required for the country having to be imported, the executives said.

The chief of an Apple exclusive retailer said this could eliminate discounts on iPhones sold through e-commerce platforms and stores in the next few days, even though the maximum retail price (MRP) will remain unchanged.

Japanese AC maker Daikin has already informed retailers that the company will be increasing prices 3-5% from February by reducing the sales support amount that’s passed on as a discount.

Daikin India’s MD KJ Jawa said this is due to exchange rate changes, the recent increase in duties on compressors and supplies taking a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, not just in China but also in Thailand and Malaysia.

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In smartphones, a leading retailer said some brands have indicated that discounts and promotions will be squeezed, leading to a price increase on a few models till supplies normalise.

The outbreak of the disease has paralysed manufacturing hubs such as Hubei and Shenzhen in China, forcing factories that churn out components and finished products for the global market to sharply curtail output.

While Xiaomi last week increased the price of one smartphone model by Rs 500, some brands said they are trying to absorb the impact.

Xiaomi said the extended shutdown in China is having an impact on its supply chain and component supplies. The immediate impact is that component prices have risen, making devices costlier.

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