August 2007 Printing Shipments Shows Minimal Gains

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WhatTheyThink, the leading online media organization serving the printing and publishing industry, today announced the availability of their most current report titled "Monthly U.S. Printing Shipments, Issue #24." Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is available for immediate purchase at: http://www.wttstore.com/monthly-us-printing-shipments.html

WhatTheyThink, the leading online media organization serving the printing and publishing industry, today announced the availability of their most current report titled "Monthly U.S. Printing Shipments, Issue #24." Authored by Dr. Joe Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center, the report is available for immediate purchase at:

http://www.wttstore.com/monthly-us-printing-shipments.html

"August printing shipments were up $80 million compared to August 2006. However, they were down -$91 million on an inflation-adjusted basis," said Dr. Webb, director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center." In addition, for the first eight months of 2007, shipments are up +1.4%, or $921 million on a current dollar basis."    

The Monthly U.S. Printing Shipments Report, based on data from 2003 through 2007, contains both current and inflation-adjusted analysis of commercial printing and print services shipments. In addition, Dr. Webb also provides a series of forecasting scenarios, conservative, aggressive, GDP as well as his own forecast. The bonus audio file includes his frank analysis, opinions, as well an updated two-year outlook. The report also contains an additional chart on the industry's seasonal trends based monthly data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

"In addition, even though personal income data and household wealth figures have been good, there is some economic skepticism among retailers that usually results in increased discounting and more advertising expenditures," continued Dr. Joe. "While retail forecasts have a spotty track record, we'll hang onto our optimism."

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. Containing Adobe PDF, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint files, the cost of the report is $50.00 and features an MP3 file of audio commentary from Dr. Webb as well. Those purchasing the report can easily repurpose the charts and data for internal, client presentations, and reports.

WhatTheyThink'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.

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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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