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Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Continue to Decline

October 20, 2011
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WASHINGTON, DC—Oct. 20, 2011—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “September 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in September compared to September 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last September.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) decreased 7 percent in September, and total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2 percent compared to August 2011.
 
Other points of interest from the report include:                                                
  • August exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the sixth straight month.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the 10th consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) purchases decreased year-over-year for the sixth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the sixth consecutive month, following 15 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.

Source: AF&PA
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