Talks on newsprint supply agreements for 2014 begin in Germany, with producers and consumers wide apart on goals such as prices; newsprint suppliers cite higher production costs, but newspaper publishers want to keep prices flat

LOS ANGELES , November 5, 2013 () – Newsprint producers and newspaper publishers in Germany are far apart on 2014 newsprint supply contract terms, such as for prices, as negotiations begin in that county, reported Euwid on Nov. 5.

Publishers want to keep prices unchanged for the entire year, citing pressures such as declining circulation figures and reduced advertising revenue.

Newsprint suppliers, however, claim that they are not making any money and face rising production costs, while also claiming that the market has improved in terms of the balance of supply and demand.

It could prove difficult to reach a consensus in the talks due the two sides being so wide apart in their objectives, Euwid reported.

The primary source of this article is Euwid, Gernsbach, Germany, on Nov. 5, 2013.

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