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Whirlpool targets Rs 50 crore Onam sales in Kerala

Written by: Staff
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Kochi, Aug 9 (UNI) Home appliances major Whirlpool is targeting sales worth Rs 50 crore in Kerala during the Onam festival, company's vice-president, sales, Tamal Kanti Saha said today.

Flagging off Whirpool's month-long Onam marketing and promotional activities here, Mr Saha said the company had notched up sales worth Rs 35 crore during Onam last year. The company's total turnover in Kerala last year was Rs 100 crore.

Nationally, Whirlpool had a sales turnover of Rs 1375 crore during 2005-06, a 25 per cent growth over the sales of Rs 1085 crore in 2004-05.

Mr Saha said Whirlpool was closing in on the market leader in both the refrigerator and washing machine categories, with a nearly 25 per cent market share.

Whirlpool, which has signed Bollywood actor-couple Ajay Devgun and Kajol as its brand ambassadors, has planned a slew of promotional activities in Kerala for Onam, which is traditionally the time for people to make major consumer goods purchases.

As part of the activities, the company will for the first time launch online gift vouchers targeting non-resident Keralites. It was targeting a sales turnover of Rs 20 lakh through this initiative, Mr Anup Jain, general manager, brand marketing, said.

A roadshow called ''Magic on the Move'' was flagged off today.

Under this, a mobile van will cover 100 towns in Kerala in the next 30 days to showcase the company's new range of 'Fusion' refrigerators and 'Splash' washing machines.

'Onasadya' recipe contests and Kaikottikalli dance contests will also be organised as part of the festivities, he added.

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