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Rise in powerful vacuum cleaner sales ahead of EU ban

31 August 2014 Last updated at 19:17 BST

From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts and it has led to a sharp rise in sales.

In one recent study, five of the top seven cleaners had motors of more than 1600 watts.

Joe Lynam reports.