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Coated Freesheet Price Increases

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Even though Demand had weakened as with Coated Groundwood (due to reduced advertising as well as shrinking magazine and catalog circulation), a $2 price increase announcement has been made for Coated Freesheet. The drop-off has not been as steep when compared to Coated Groundwood, and the ability for Coated producers to lift their Coaters and make Uncoated Freesheet keeps the Capacity fluid and Operating Rates for Coated Freesheet publicized as in the 90’s percentile. A potential shutdown of equipment after a NewPage-Verso merger could bolster pricing in this segment as well.