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Domestic shipments of household electric appliances in 2020 rose to their highest level since 1996, driven by strong demand for air purifiers during the novel coronavirus pandemic, an industry body said Monday.

The shipments were worth ¥2.5 trillion ($24.4 billion), up 1.0% from the previous year, with more people teleworking and many spending much of a ¥100,000 cash handout from the government on home appliances, according to the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association.

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