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December 2012 US Commercial Printing Shipments Decrease -$224 million; Full-year Shipments Down -$1.47 Billion

December 2012 US commercial printing shipments were down -

By Dr. Joe Webb
Published: February 13, 2013

December 2012 US commercial printing shipments were down -$224 million, or -3.3% compared to 2011. On an inflation-adjusted basis, shipments were down -$386 million (-5.6%). For the year, shipments were $80.4 billion, down -1.8% or -$1.47 billion. On an inflation-adjusted basis, shipments were down -$3.23 billion, or -2.9% (click image to enlarge).

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A complete discussion of the shipments data, forecasts to 2019, and the relationship of commercial printing and GDP are now available. The report, which includes slides in Microsoft Powerpoint and Adobe Acrobat format, historical data in Microsoft Excel format, and MP3 audio file, is available at a special e-store.

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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