Whirlpool sales create a stir

Leading household appliance maker Whirlpool’s quarterly profit and full-year forecast trumped Wall Street estimates on strong sales in Brazil, Asia and North America, boosting its shares to an all-time high. Whirlpool, maker of Maytag and KitchenAid appliances, has benefited from its presence in fast-growing Latin American and Asian markets, fuelled by a growing middle class.