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August 2012 US Commercial Printing Shipments Down -2.9% Compared to 2011

August 2012 US commercial printing shipments were $

By Dr. Joe Webb
Published: October 4, 2012

August 2012 US commercial printing shipments were $6.9 billion, down -$205 million (-2.9%) compared to 2011. On an inflation-adjusted basis, shipments were down -$325 million (-4.5%). For the first eight months of the year, shipments are down -2.1% in current dollars, and -4.1% after inflation adjustment. Our forecast models indicate that the year will finish at approximately $80.5 to $81.0 billion. It is more likely that the models are slightly high, and that the year will probably finish at approximately $79.5.   We will discuss these data, and the longer term forecast, at our Graph Expo breakfast on Monday morning. The event has a new sponsor, EFI. Registration is recommended, and can be done at this page. I am also speaking about the future of the dealer channel at a special multi-day event starting on Sunday. My presentation is at 2pm on Sunday, at booth 4461. Attendance is open to attendees.

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



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