Escalating Costs To Dampen Benefit Of Higher Prices In Paper Industry: Analysis
Moody's Investors Service has noted that the outlook for the global paper and forest products industry remains 'stable', with operating earnings among the major players set to 'grow modestly' over the next 12 to 18 months. However, it said that escalating costs in the sector are likely to 'dampen the benefit of higher prices'.
In its report, Paper, Packaging & Forest Products – Global: Outlook remains stable as escalating costs offset higher prices, Moody's said that the paper packaging and tissue, timber and wood products, and market pulp segments all continue to carry 'stable' outlooks, while the outlook for the paper segment remains negative.
"We expect the consolidated operating income of the 39 paper and forest products companies we rate globally to grow 2% to 4% in the next year or so," commented Ed Sustar, Moody's senior vice-president.
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