SAO PAULO , Sept. 25, 2013 (RISI) -
Brazilian paper production remained stable at 880,000 tonnes in August 2013 over a year ago, according to the latest data released by the Brazilian pulp and paper association (Bracelpa). Domestic sales fell by 1.4% to 491,000 tonnes, while exports decreased by 1.9% to 152,000 tonnes. Imports, on the other hand, grew by 3.8% to 135,000 tonnes over the 130,000 tonnes posted in the same month of 2012, and apparent consumption increased by 0.9% to 863,000 tonnes.
In January-August 2013, paper production grew by 1.5% to 6.91 million tonnes over the same period of last year, as did domestic sales, which increased by 2.9% to 3.7 million tonnes. Exports dropped by 7.4% to 1.23 million tonnes and imports decreased by 5.7% to 896,000 tonnes, while apparent consumption increased by 2.3% to 6.57 million tonnes.
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