COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) announced average sales performance of the association’s distributers increased 27.1% in February.

The average annual sales growth for the 12 months through February 2022 is 25.1% percent.

“The sales gain this month was not a surprise, but it is not normal just because 10 of the past 12 months have increased by at least 20%,” said Brian Loftus, market research and benchmarking analyst, HARDI. “This has occurred only 15 times during the past 10 years. The unusual growth began with the very easy comparisons versus the COVID interruptions and then received an extra boost by the extraordinary price increases that are being passed through. What goes up must slow down, and it looks like this annual growth rate line has peaked.”

The Days Sales Outstanding, a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, was 43.2 days at the end of February. 

“The February 2022 DSO is comparable to February 2021,” Loftus said. “This rate is considerably better than the pre-pandemic norm for February in the 49-day area,” said Loftus. 

“The exceptional TRENDS performance has been following the exceptional jobs recovery,” said Loftus. “March was the 11th consecutive month with more than 400,000 jobs added. The six-month average number of jobs added was 600,000 through January and February. This has led to higher demand, which leads to higher prices. Now, interest rates are starting to recover, and this TRENDS growth rate line will be rolling over. What goes up, must slow down.”

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