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Forestweb North American Pulp Index reflects softwood gains in April

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2007 (press release) – The Forestweb North American Pulp Index rose 1.4% from March to 138.31 in April, its highest level since the index was begun in 2001.

Following a level reading in March and a drop in February, the index was 16.61% higher than April 2006. It now has gained 2.60% this year.

The higher April index reflects a $15-$25/tonne gain for NBSK and $5-$10/tonne rise for southern pine as producers implemented $20/tonne U.S. price increases for bleached softwood kraft pulps. April list prices are at $810/tonne for NBSK and $770/tonne for SBSK. Meantime, northern and southern bleached hardwood grades are holding on to earlier gains and are trading at the $590-$610 level in North American markets. The same is true for bleached eucalyptus trading at $620-$660/tonne.

The Forestweb Pulp Index represents North American demand and prices for the five principal chemical paper grade market pulps.

Forestweb’s price indices are Laspeyres indices that represent a statistical measure of a weighted average of printing and writing paper, pulp and paperboard prices and which summarize the relative changes in price levels over time using an arbitrarily chosen base period. All Forestweb indices use the base year 2000 except for pulp, which uses 2001 as the base year.

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