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U.S. September P&W Paper Shipments Down 1% from 2009

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Total printing and writing (P&W) paper shipments decreased 1% in September compared with September 2009, according to the AF&PA's September 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report. Two of the four major P&W paper grades posted increases compared with last September. U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of P&W papers increased slightly, up 1% in September. Total P&W paper inventory levels decreased 6% from August 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) year-to-date shipments trail 2009 slightly
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increased year-over-year for the eleventh consecutive month
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments increased year-over-year for the eighth time this year
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decrease year-over-year for the first time in nine months.