Lumber production by Canadian sawmills drops 0.7% in April to 2.02 bbf, but production in first four months is up 4% from last year at 7.6 bbf: Statistics Canada

LOS ANGELES , June 29, 2011 () –

Lumber production by Canadian sawmills in April dropped 0.7% from March to 4,767,700 m3, or 2.02 billion board ft. according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Compared with April last year, production is down 0.1%.

Production in the four months to the end of April reached 7.6 bbf, up 4% from the same period last year, according to a Random Lengths analysis.

British Columbia had the highest production in April, of 1.1 bbf, up 4% compared with March. In the first four months, output in the province was 4.1 bbf, up 6% from the same period last year.

Output in the Southern Interior climbed 19% to 1.1 bbf in the four months to April, while production in the Coast region moved 17% higher to 445 million board feet (mmbf). In Ontario, production gained 18% in the four-month period, reaching 512 mmbf, although production in April alone dropped 5% from March.

The primary sources of this article are Statistics Canada, on June 27, 2011, and Random Lengths, Eugene, Oregon, on June 28, 2011.

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