July 6, 2005 -- (WhatTheyThink.com) -- May printing shipments were up slightly compared to May of 2004, and industry shipments to date are up 0.7% compared to last year on a current dollar basis. Adjusting for inflation, the industry is down about -2% for the first five months of the year.
These data will be discussed in detail in my next column on July 15.
Data are from the manufacturer shipments report released on Tuesday, July 5. http://www.census.gov/indicator/www/m3/
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