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Newsprint Update: Consumption Decline Continues; Papermakers' Spending Drops; California Recycling Project Proposed

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Newsprint Update: Consumption Decline Continues; Papermakers' Spending Drops; California Recycling Project Proposed

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Newsprint update

Consumption decline continues; papermakers' spending drops; California recycling project proposed

According to preliminary estimates by the American Newspaper Publishers Association, U.S. daily newspapers in August used 9.2% less newsprint than a year earlier. Revised figures for July show a 10.4% decline, year to year.

For the first eight months of this year, newsprint consumption decreased 8.8% compared with the same period in 1990.

Newsprint inventories for newspapers in ANPA's statistical sample averaged a 46-day supply in August, compared with a 43-day supply in August 1990. For the same month, stocks at North American mills were 63.7% higher than the year before.

North American newsprint production in August was down 1.5% compared with August 1990 (up 1.4% in the U.S., down 3.5% in Canada). In August, Canadian newsprint mills operated at 83% of rated capacity, while U.S. mills operated at 94.4% of capacity.

U.S. manufacturers of paper and related products plan to cut spending by 27% this year, according to a spring survey by the U.S. Commerce Department reported in last month's Pulp & Paper. The magazine said capital investments of $12.6 billion represent a drop that is "the largest for any major U.S. manufacturing industry." It compared that with capital spending declines of 1.4% for all U.S. manufacturing and 2.7% for all types of business.

Recycling remains a growth area for U. …

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