UPDATE 3-Whirlpool sees North America driving growth in 2016
* Sees North America shipments to rise 5 pct in 2016
* Sees 2016 adj. EPS $14.00-$14.75 vs est $14.42
* Fourth-qtr adj. EPS $4.10 vs est $3.91
* Shares rise as much as 5.3 pct (Adds details from conference call, shares)
By Ankit Ajmera
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Whirlpool Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said consumer demand is likely to remain resilient in North America, its biggest market, this year.
Shares of the world's largest maker of home appliances rose as much as 5.3 percent on Friday.
An improving U.S. economy has helped boost consumer spending in the country, even as economic uncertainty plagues emerging markets, particularly China and Brazil.
"Every piece of the drivers of demand - new housing, existing homes sales and discretionary (spending) - are going in the right direction. So, we view it as a very positive spot," Chief Executive Jeff Fettig said on a conference call. Continuación...