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Printing & writing papers demand down, overseas sales grew


October 14, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Printing and writing paper demand was down 3.6% in August, bringing the year-to-date figure to +0.5%. Shipments to…

Printing and writing paper demand was down 3.6% in August, bringing the year-to-date figure to +0.5%. Shipments to North America dropped 5.8% in August and 1.6% year-to-date.
The Pulp and Paper Products Council said sales to overseas markets grew 30% in August, over the same month last year, for an increase of 16% so far this year. As a result, the operating rate for the first eight months of 2003 was 88% compared to 89% a year ago.
Mill inventories closed the month at 2.7 million tonnes — 36,000 tonnes less than at the end of July 2003.

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