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NEWSPRIN: FAST START TO 2000, NUMBERS SHOW


April 1, 2000
By Pulp & Paper Canada

MONTREAL, QC — The Pulp and Paper Products Council said that the North American newsprint industry operated at 97% capacity in January 2000, which is similar to the results posted in January 1999. To…

MONTREAL, QC — The Pulp and Paper Products Council said that the North American newsprint industry operated at 97% capacity in January 2000, which is similar to the results posted in January 1999. Total shipments are 5.7% higher than January 1999: deliveries to the United States are up 6.1%, to Canada 7.3% and overseas 3.4%. At the end of January 2000, North American newsprint producers held 526 000 tonnes in inventory, down 7000 tonnes from January 1999. In the US, daily newspapers increased their consumption by 3.6%, when compared to January 1999, and total US consumption rose 3.7% to hit 1.009 Mt. At the end of January 2000, US dailies held 985 000 tonnes in inventory — down 22 000 tonnes from January 1999 — equivalent to 38 days of supply.

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