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U.S. Commercial Printing Businesses Produce Estimated $1.1 Billion in Profits in Third Quarter 2010, Best Since Q3-2007

Wednesday, December 15, 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 Q3-2010.” 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:


“The third quarter of 2010 continued a welcome continuation of profitability for the industry,” said Dr. Webb. “The industry has had seven consecutive months of increased sales, but it's clear that the profits trend is increasing, but the long term sales trend is flat. The industry has had a shakeout of unprofitable businesses and the healthier businesses are benefiting.” Dr. Webb noted that the restructuring of the industry will be a continuing process in 2011 and beyond.

“These were the best profits since Q3 of 2007,” said Dr. Webb. “What's remarkable is that shipment levels at that time were almost 20% higher than they are today. This underscores the significant change in our industry. Profit levels are not close to historical norms, but the trend upward is encouraging.”

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 Q3-2010. 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.


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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