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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Up in April

May 24, 2010 - The American Forest & Paper Association’s April 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report shows total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments increased 10% in April compared to April 2009 — the sixth consecutive year-over-year increase and the third double-digit y-o-y increase.

Three of the four major printing-writing grades posted double-digit increases in April 2010 compared to April 2009, while the fourth was down less than one percent, AF&PA said

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also increased in April, up 7% compared to April 2009.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in April decreased slightly from March 2010, down 3%.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments ease slightly year-over-year, down less than one percent.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase double-digits for fifth consecutive month.
  • Year-over-year shipments of coated mechanical (CM) also increase in double-digits for fifth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments increase for fifth consecutive month.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association




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