Printing Industry Profits Climb 23% Over Last Year

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WhatTheyThink, the leading online media organization serving the printing and publishing industry, today announced the availability of their most recent economic report titled "Printing Shipments and Profits." Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is available for immediate purchase. The report includes Adobe PDF, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint files, as well as an MP3 file with audio commentary from Dr. Webb. The cost of the report is $50.00 and can be purchased through WhatTheyThink's online store at http://wttstore.com/prpr.html

WhatTheyThink, the leading online media organization serving the printing and publishing industry, today announced the availability of their most recent economic report titled "Printing Shipments and Profits." Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is available for immediate purchase. The report includes Adobe PDF, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint files, as well as an MP3 file with audio commentary from Dr. Webb. The cost of the report is $50.00 and can be purchased through WhatTheyThink's online store at http://wttstore.com/prpr.html

"Printing profits for the last four quarters, Q3-2006 to Q2-2007, were $5.15 billion dollars on an inflation-adjusted basis," said Dr. Webb, director of WhatTheyThink.com's Economics and Research Center. "This is excellent news compared to the same period a year ago, when profits were only $3.86 billion, a 23.4 percent increase."

Built on data from WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1995 through the second quarter of 2007, the Printing Shipments and Profits Report shows that Industry profits for the quarter were $1.73 billion. This is first time it broke that level, on an inflation-adjusted basis, since the third quarter of 2000, when it was nearly $3.5 billion.

Dr. Webb further commented, "While we're not at pre-2001 levels, the results are certainly very encouraging and these improved conditions played a role in the positive tone many of us felt at Graph Expo last week."

The report contains significant and proprietary analysis by Dr. Webb and WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center based on data compiled by the U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes all segments in NAICS 323 for commercial printing and trade services such as commercial offset, digital and other printing processes, as well as prepress and postpress. Those purchasing the report can easily repurpose the charts and data for internal and client presentations and reports.

WhatTheyThink.com's Economics and Research Center contains a blend of free and premium content for graphic arts and publishing executives. It offers an online library of primary research reports, executive summaries of economic trends, and related industry columns, videos, podcasts and webinars. The Economic and Research Center can be found at http://members.whattheythink.com/erc/erc.cfm

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WhatTheyThink is the printing and publishing industry's leading online media organization; offering a wide range of publications delivering unbiased, real-time market intelligence, industry news, economic and trend analysis, peer-to-peer communication, and special reports on emerging technology and critical events. Serving a membership base of more than 50,000, WhatTheyThink also hosts webinars and live events as well as providing content through a syndication program, which delivers content directly to related websites and through RSS.

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