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U.S. Commercial Printing Businesses Produce Two Consecutive Profitable Quarters, Despite Shipment Declines

Monday, January 11, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Lexington, KY - WhatTheyThink, the leading online media organization serving the printing and publishing industry, today announced the availability of their most current report titled “U.S. Commercial Printing Profits, 1995 to Q3-2009.” Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is available for immediate purchase at:


“The third quarter of 2009 continued a postive turnaround from a disastrous Q1,” said Dr. Webb. “The industry has had significant declines in volume for the last year, and has cut back staffing levels at a slightly faster rate than those sales declines. It may now be finding the right balance of productive capabilities, declining shipments, and price pressures of electronic media.”

In the report, Dr. Webb reviews the latest trends in shipments, profits, and capacity measures for the industry. He also discusses how it is likely that in the next six months the recession will probably be declared as over. “It is likely that the fourth quarter of 2009 will be identified as the recession's end. But we must be careful, because that only means that the economy has started to grow, and does not mean that it has returned to pre-recession levels of activity.”

The Printing Profits Report contains both current and inflation-adjusted analysis of commercial printing and print services shipments and profits from 1995 to the first quarter of 2009. The bonus audio file includes Dr. Webb's frank analysis, opinions, and strategic outlook. Containing Adobe PDF, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint files, the cost of the report is $50.00 and features the audio commentary in MP3 format. Those purchasing the report can easily repurpose the charts and data for internal, client presentations, and reports.

The report contains significant and proprietary analysis and by Dr. Webb and WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center. It is a top-level analysis of the U.S. commercial printing and trade services markets such as commercial offset, digital, and other printing processes, as well as prepress and postpress contained in the standard business classification NAICS 323.


WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center contains a blend of free and premium content for graphic arts and publishing executives. It offers an online library of primary research reports, executive summaries of economic trends, and related industry columns, videos, podcasts and webinars.


About WhatTheyThink

WhatTheyThink is the printing and publishing industry's leading online media organization; offering a wide range of publications delivering unbiased, real-time market intelligence, industry news, economic and trend analysis, peer-to-peer communication, and special reports on emerging technology and critical events. Serving a membership base of more than 50,000, WhatTheyThink also hosts webinars and live events as well as providing content through a syndication program, which delivers content directly to related websites and through RSS. The organization also provides consulting and speakers bureau services to the industry.




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