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Watsco Inc., Coconut Grove, FL, distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration products, reported sales for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, were $1.7 billion, a 3% decrease from last year.
On a same-store basis, sales were down 10%, reflecting a 10% decline in sales of HVAC equipment (44% of sales), an 11% decline in sales in other HVAC products (43% of sales) and a 5% decline in sales of commercial refrigeration products (13% of sales).
Sales results also reflect an improving revenue mix of high-efficiency and environmentally-sensitive air conditioning and heating systems. From an end-market point of view, results include flat sales to the residential replacement market, a single-digit decline in the commercial market and a sharp decrease in sales to new housing.
For the fourth quarter, sales were $335 million and down 15% on a same-store basis.
Watsco is a distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and related parts and supplies in the HVAC/R industry, operating 417 in 34 states.