Pulp And Paper Caps Another Strong Year; Looks To 2013 For A Repeat Performance

The U.S. pulp and paper industry, a mainstay market for timber growers, turned in another strong year in 2012 with prospects good for a repeat performance in 2013.

A survey by F&W Forestry Services of financial reports of eight major publicly-owed pulp and paper corporations showed sales of a wide variety of pulpwood-based products at home and abroad remained strong in 2012 but with a few signs of slowing toward year end.

The mood expressed by company CEOs in reports to shareholders and the financial community was generally upbeat with a bit more caution than in recent years because of economic unease in the U.S. and uncertainties in Europe and China.  The U.S. and Canada are big exporters of wood pulp and paper products.

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