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First Quarter 2010 Profits for U.S. Commercial Printing Businesses Increase $830 Million Compared to 2009

Wednesday, June 16, 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 Q1-2010.” Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is part of WhatTheyThink's premium access subscription. Others may purchase the report from the WhatTheyThink e-store:


Premium Access Subscribers can download the report here.

“The first quarter of 2010 was a significant change compared to the same quarter of last year,” said Dr. Webb. “The industry had a difficult time in 2009, and the profits that were initially reported for the fourth quarter of 2009 were swept away in a data revision by the Commerce Department. But 2009 was profitable, and this first quarter of 2010 was very encouraging. Profit levels are increasing, not because of higher market prices, but because of employee downsizing, and the departure of weakest printers.” Dr. Webb emphasized that there are still challenges ahead because of the continuing growth of new communications that will affect the demand for print. “We must remember that just because the industry may be having a tough time, there are profitable companies who are offering innovative services to their clients. The restructuring of the industry will be built on the entrepreneurial actions of these firms.”

In the report, Dr. Webb reviews the latest trends in shipments, profits, and capacity measures for the industry. In this edition, he reviews the printing trends by state in terms of employment since 2005.

The Printing Profits Report contains both current and inflation-adjusted analysis of commercial printing and print services shipments and profits from 1995 to Q1-2010. 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. This edition of the report also includes a discussion about industry capacity and pitfalls in its measurement and interpretation.

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.

Purchase Printing Profits Report

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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