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Profits Retreat in Q3


By Dr. Joe Webb
Published: December 18, 2014

Q3-2014 US commercial printing profits were $1.15 billion, down -12.9% compared to Q3-2014. Q3-2013 was the most recent peak of quarterly profits. The 4-quarter inflation-adjusted profits were $3.45 billion, up +15.1% for that period. The 4-quarter total profits most recent high was $4.12 billion for all of 2013. Since that time, the 4-quarter moving total of inflation-adjusted profits as been retreating.  (click to enlarge) profits 121714 The decrease in industry profits must be viewed in context of the decreasing number of establishments and employees. That is, industry profits may be decreasing, but profits per establishment may be rising. Recently, the shipments revenues reported by the Department of Commerce have had positive comparison. This might indicate a profits rebound for the fourth quarter.  Data for the fourth quarter will be published in April 2015, along with other revisions.  

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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