U.S. Postal Service Loss Widens to $2.2 Billion
Mailing Services results in the second quarter include:
• First-Class Mail revenue of $8.0 billion, on volume of 18.5 billion pieces;
• Standard Mail revenue of $4.2 billion, on volume of 20.2 billion pieces;
• Periodicals revenue of $443 million, on volume of 1.7 billion pieces; and
• Package Services revenue of $394 million, on volume of 167 million pieces.
Shipping Services revenue of $2.2 billion increased 5.0 percent or $105 million compared to the same period a year ago. Shipping Services volume of 352 million pieces represented a 3.5 percent increase compared to the same period a year earlier.
Details of the second quarter results include:
• Total mail volume of 41.0 billion pieces, compared to 42.3 billion pieces in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of 3.0 percent, lead by a drop in First-Class Mail; and
• Operating revenue of $16.2 billion, compared to $16.7 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of 2.8 percent.
Service performance remained excellent during the second quarter, with the national score for overnight Single-Piece First-Class Mail arriving on time 96 percent of the time, a slight improvement over the same period a year earlier.
A number of new marketing initiatives have been introduced that may help to improve revenue growth in 2011, including expansion of simplified addressing for business mailers, Every Door Direct Mail, Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes, and Reply Rides Free. In January 2011, new Shipping Services prices increased an average of 3.6 percent. New Mailing Services prices that are limited to the Consumer Price Index cap of 1.7 percent took effect April 17, after the close of the second quarter. While new marketing initiatives and price increases may improve revenue growth, electronic diversion will continue to cause reductions in First-Class Mail.
The Postal Service is aggressively reducing expenses, including organizational redesign initiatives. The Postal Service projects $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion in cost savings in fiscal year 2011, including a reduction of workhours across the organization. Benefits of these initiatives, however, may be offset by rising fuel prices.