AF&PA December 2018 Printing-Writing Paper Monthly Report Shows 7 Percent Decline in Shipments
The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2018 Printing-Writing Paper Monthly report.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in December compared to December 2017, which matches the total decrease for the year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 7 percent from November.
U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased 6 percent in December from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of UFS papers increased 8 percent in December compared to November.
Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 6 percent in 2018 when compared to 2017. Purchases decreased 3 percent for the year.
U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers increased 3 percent year-over-year in December. Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased 4 percent in December. Inventory levels at the end of December when compared to November increased 7 percent and remained essentially flat for UM paper and CM paper, respectively.
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