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Newsprint statistics: Up and down


October 14, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

North American newsprint mills operated at 90% of their capacity in August, according to the Pulp and Paper Product…

North American newsprint mills operated at 90% of their capacity in August, according to the Pulp and Paper Products Council.
To date this year, mills have used 90% of their capacity compared to 87% for the same period last year.
Total newsprint shipments were down 1.6% in August, due to a 4.3% contraction in North American demand. Deliveries to offshore markets expanded 10% year-over-year. Increased shipments to Latin America and Asia, excluding Japan, more than offset the decrease in exports to Western Europe and Japan.
By the end of August, North American mill inventories had increased by 29,000 tonnes from the preceding month.
U.S. dailies consumption was flat in August, bringing the year-to-date figure to +0.7%. At the end of August, U.S. dailies stocks represented 40 days of supply, down from 43 in July.

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