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North American Newsprint Production Declined in 2005

Feb. 9, 2006 - The Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) reported that production at North American newsprint mills declined 3.2% in December, resulting in a 96% operating rate for the month. For 2005, mills ran at 95% of their capacity, as production contracted 4.6% over last year.

In 2005, total North American newsprint shipments decreased 4.3% due to a 5.4% drop in deliveries to the domestic market, whereas overseas sales remained unchanged, PPPC said.

North American mill stocks declined by 7,000 tonnes month-over-month, finishing the year with 315,000 tonnes in stock, PPPC added.

SOURCE: Pulp and Paper Products Council




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