Lumber cheaper, production down

Lumber cheaper, production down

 

Cuts in Western lumber production have not been enough to steady prices. Random Lengths’ framing lumber composite index reached a record low of $195 in March (though it climbed to $222 in June) while Western softwood lumber production fell 29% year-to-date after falling 20% in 2008. Weak demand from very sluggish construction markets may be most to blame as orders and shipments also dropped 20% in 2008 and are down 27% year-to-date.


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