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Newsprint Demand Fell in Europe in September

Oct. 27, 2009 - CEPIPRINT said that European demand for newsprint fell 11.7% (105,000 tonnes) in September compared to the the year-earlier period. Total European shipments fell 9.1% (91,000 tonnes), which can be almost entirely attributed to a reduction in domestic shipments with the steepest declines to the UK, Germany and France, CEPIPRINT said.

On th positive side, exports of newsprint remained relatively flat, down just 1.8% (3,000 tonnes).

The SC-Magazine paper sector saw European demand decline 12.1% (46,000 tonnes). CEPIPRINT explained that fewer local deliveries coupled with a 26.3% (22,000 tonnes) drop in overseas shipments of the grade resulted in a fall of 14.7% (69,000 tonnes) in total European shipments.

September was also a difficult month for Coated Mechanical Reels as European demand slid 18.2% (125,000 tonnes) against the same period last year. Total European shipments were down 17.9% (147,000 tonnes), with the biggest declines in local shipments to Germany, Italy and France, on top of a significant decline in exports to North America.

Uncoated Mechanical recorded a 12.9% (26,000 tones) drop in European demand. Total European shipments fell 18.7% (48,000 tonnes) with local shipments down 12.9% (26,000 tonnes) and exports down (20,000 tonnes), CEPIPRINT reported.

SOURCE: CEPIPRINT (the Association of European Publication Paper Producers)




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