Here you will find up-to-date industry statistics, letting you in on the state of the industry a full month earlier than our print publication.
Keep on Keeping On 2/11/2013 We recently heard the GDP fell in the last quarter. Our industry certainly was not immune.
Keep on Keeping On
by David Hachmeister
We recently heard the GDP fell in the last quarter. Our industry certainly was not immune.
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2/11/2013 Keep on Keeping On
We recently heard the GDP fell in the last quarter. Our industry certainly was not immune.1/14/2013 Slow Sledding Slogs Sales
November was not a month to remember. Stamps sales fell a modest 4.70 percent while Other Products also fell a small fraction.12/10/2012 Two Down
We have now witnessed two consecutive down months for both Indicators. This coincides with the recent government report that the outlook on industrial activity dropped to its lowest level since 2009.11/5/2012 Dreary, But Not Deadly
Things were slow in September, but stamps were just a little below the moving average.10/8/2012 Industry Indicator Needs You!
Although August stamp sales rose sharply from July (they were up by a smart 15 percent), when seasonally adjusted, they continued to fall at just about the same pace as last month, about 7.5 percent.9/6/2012 July—Better Than It Looks!
We would say we sound like a broken record, but no one knows what a record is anymore.7/30/2012 Up and Down
The familiar “other products up and stamps down” tune was sung yet another time this month.7/11/2012 May—Maybe Better Next Year?
Yikes! Sales fell for both categories. Stamp sales were down more than 16 percent while other products registered their first loss in more than a year.5/30/2012 We Were Wrong!
We are not sure about that as a headline. It’s not like we have never made a mistake before. We thought April would be up for stamps. It ended with a small thud as stamp sales fell 5.42 percent.5/7/2012 We Predict...
March was another slow month for stamps. Sales fell by more than 19 percent.4/18/2012 The Slump is Subsiding
February was a little dreary for stamps. Sales fell about five and a half percent. Our long- term moving average seems to be stabilizing at levels representing about 75 percent of where sales were 10 years ago.3/7/2012 Getting Better
If there is a positive in a negative, this would be it. Adjusted sales for stamps in January fell about 1 1/2 percent. However, they actually rose against January 2011 sales by almost 4 percent.2/15/2012 New Baseline
Please note that we have had a shuffling of the participants in the Industry Indicator.1/11/2012 Fresh Start for the New Year
November was a tough month all the way around. Stamps actually did better than other products.12/13/2011 Wait Until Next Month!
Can we get some good news, please? Not this month for stamps. Sales fell about 18 percent.11/22/2011 Does This Sound Familiar?
This marks 30 consecutive months of falling stamp sales.10/31/2011 A Little Bit of Good News!
August stamp sales rose solidly from July, up almost 20 percent!9/27/2011 S.O.S.
Same old stuff — that is the expression, isn’t it? Stamps down and other products up.8/16/2011 The Slide Slows