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Top forestry firms see market stability

HELSINKI/JOHANNESBURG Demand in the ailing forestry sector has stabilised after a grim start to 2009 but controlling costs will remain a major focus for the foreseeable future, paper company executives said on Tuesday. | Video

Int'l Paper CFO sees flat demand

NEW YORK Paper and packaging producer International Paper Co said demand for its products has stagnated, and it sees no immediate signs of the U.S. economy improving.


Metsaliitto sees better sawn goods demand

HELSINKI Finnish forestry collective Metsaliitto is seeing stronger demand for sawn goods in Europe as the construction business slowly improves, but it faces a potential shortage of logs, a senior executive said on Tuesday. | Video


Stora Enso says demand outlook uncertain

HELSINKI Paper demand has stabilized but at very low levels and its future is uncertain, Stora Enso , the world's second largest paper and packaging firm by capacity, said on Tuesday. | Video

Mondi says key paper price stabilizing

JOHANNESBURG/HELSINKI The head of South African paper maker Mondi said on Tuesday prices for one of its key grades, uncoated fine paper, had stabilized but an upturn was not yet imminent.


M-real CEO sees smaller H2 loss than H1

HELSINKI The head of M-real said on Monday demand for cartonboard, the Finnish paper and packaging firm's top product, had nearly recovered and he expected losses to narrow in the second half of 2009 from the first. | Video

Paper demand likely at bottom, price in focus: S&P

STOCKHOLM Demand for paper has likely bottomed, but the squeezed industry is in for a steep volume decline for the year while price pressure remains in focus, Standard and Poor's said on Monday.

N.Skog says newsprint demand bottoming

OSLO The steep drop in demand for newsprint has ended, though the long-term outlook is still weak in many markets, the head of Norway's Norske Skog told Reuters on Monday.

Flu focus gives some paper firms a boost

HELSINKI The swine flu outbreak and the increased hygiene awareness it has generated have translated into extra demand for some specialty paper firms, their executives said on Monday. | Video

SCA CEO sees flat H2 paper volumes

STOCKHOLM Swedish hygiene and paper product maker SCA said it expects paper volumes in the second half of this year to be the same as in the first and said it had no plans to cut paper prices next year.

Ahlstrom says outlook still unclear

HELSINKI Finnish fiber materials group Ahlstrom said on Monday visibility for its business had improved slightly, but it could not give an outlook as pricing and other risks remained.


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