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September 2011 US Commercial Printing Shipments Steady with 2010

September 2011 US commercial printing shipments were $

By Dr. Joe Webb
Published: November 3, 2011

September 2011 US commercial printing shipments were $7.426 billion, an increase of $22 billion (+0.3%) on a current dollar basis compared to September 2010. On an inflation-adjusted basis, shipments for September 2011 were down -$266 million (-3.5%) compared to the prior year. The first three quarters of 2011 were up +$130 million (+0.2%) compared to 2010, but down -$1.8 billion (-2.8%) after inflation adjustment. The chart below (click to enlarge) shows shipments since 2006 on a monthly inflation-adjusted basis (click to enlarge). Our forecast models indicate that 2011 will be just under $85 billion, about a -$2.5 billion decrease in inflation-adjusted terms compared to 2010. Our long range forecasts are unchanged. Complete data since 2003, and our forecasts to 2017,  may be found at this special site, where data may also be downloaded.  The spreadsheet also includes Canada data and forecasts.

Dr. Joe Webb is one of the graphic arts industry's best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. He is the director of WhatTheyThink.com's Economics and Research Center.

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