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Singaporeans spent US$15m buying electric fans to beat the heat

Published on Aug 12, 2014 12:04 PM

SINGAPORE - For many Singaporeans melting in the sweltering heat, the traditional electric fan was literally their version of coolaid.

As temperatures in the country hit the roof, Singaporeans splashed out US$15 million buying up 250,000 electric fans in the first six months of the year, data by research agency GfK Asia showed.

Demand for these appliances went up from March onwards this year, peaking in the month of May where over 50,000 units of fans were snapped up.

"According to the meteorological service, March to May have typically been the hottest months in Singapore reaching, a maximum average of 31.7 degree Celsius and above for over six decades," said Ms Jasmine Lim, account director for home and lifestyle at GfK Asia.

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