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U.S. Printing & Writing Paper Shipments Continue Upwards Trend

July 21, 2010 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s June 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 11% in June compared to June 2009 — the eighth consecutive year-over-year (YOY) increase and the sixth double-digit YOY increase.

Three of the four major printing-writing grades posted double-digit increases compared to last June, while the fourth was down one percent, AF&PA said.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also increased in June, up 4% YOY.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels edged down 2% from May 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments in June declined 1% from June 2009.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) and Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments were the largest for any month of 2010 thus far.
  • Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) increased 15% from June 2009.

AF&PA members can access the full report on the AF&PA StatMill web site:

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association




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