US total kraft paper shipments in March down 6.5% year-over-year, up 11.6% month-over-month to 132.6 thousand tons; total month-end inventories up 0.4% from February: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , April 25, 2013 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2013 Kraft Paper Report.

Total Kraft paper shipments were 132.6 thousand tons, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments decreased year-over-year 1.3 percent, and the 7.2 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments were enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 6.5 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 0.4 percent to 71.6 thousand tons this month compared to February 2013 month-end inventories.

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