Electrolux Reorganizes

Electrolux, the world’s biggest maker of household appliances, announced Tuesday that it has reorganized some top management posts to improve performance amid tough competition and rising raw material prices.

The company warned last month that its profit this year would be significantly lower than in 2003 because of a rise in steel prices. Electrolux also said it has it established a special white-goods leadership team as part of the reorganization.

Electrolux has been closing plants in the United States, France and Sweden and moving production to low-cost countries in eastern Europe and Asia to help compete with rivals such as Whirlpool and Maytag.