More NAPL Printing Business Panel Members Report Sales Growth

By Andrew Paparozzi
In May 28, 2010

Here’s further evidence that we are moving closer to recovery: Sales increased last quarter for 40.8% of the NAPL Printing Business Panel—nearly five times the 8.6% for whom sales rose during the same period last year—and fell for 59.2%—down from an extraordinary 91.4% a year ago.

Sales werup at least 5.0% for 31.0% of our Panel and down 10.0% or more for 29.6%. The comparable numbers at the start of 2009: Sales up at least 5.0% for just 7.0% and down at least 10.0% for 71.2%.

None of this means all’s well—or will be well soon. As the May 2010 NAPL Printing Business Conditions emphasizes, “Conditions have improved, but only relative to the deeply depressed levels of spring 2009. And movement off bottom has been painfully slow and inconsistent.”

Nevertheless, we are making progress. And for anyone not seeing modest improvement or at very least stabilization—even if only at very low levels—it’s time to ask why.

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Andrew Paparozzi

Epicomm's Andrew Paparozzi, Vice President/Chief Economist, is well-known for his accurate and thoughtful discussions on the economy and US commercial printing industry. A foremost author and speaker on economic business trends in the printing industry, Paparozzi heads Epicomm's Printing Economic Research Center.

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