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Roundwood prices turn downward

Statistik - 22 October 2019

Both sawlog and pulpwood prices decreased during the third quarter of 2019 for the first time since 2016. The sawlog price decreased by 5.5 percent while the pulpwood price decreased by 4.7 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019.

The sawlog price started decreasing earlier in 2019 but the decline has intensified during the third quarter and was stronger in southern Sweden. The Southern region had a decrease of 8.5 percent while the sawlog price in the Central region decreased by 5.2 percent. In the Northern region the price instead increased slightly by 1 percent.

During the first two quarters of 2019 the pulpwood price was either relatively unchanged or slightly increasing. This has changed and the price has started to decrease during the third quarter. The decline was strongest in the Central region, 6.7 percent. The Southern region saw a decrease of 2.6 percent while prices instead increased in the Northern region by 2.6 percent.

Comparison with the third quarter 2018

In comparison to the third quarter of 2018 the price on sawlog decreased by 7.4 percent nationally. Regionally, prices decreased by 9.3 percent in the Southern region, 9.7 percent in the Central region and 1.1 percent in the Northern region.

The pulpwood price increased by 2.4 percent nationally. There are however large differences across the regions. In the Southern region the price increased marginally by 0,7 percent, in the Central region by 1.7 percent while the Northern region had a larger increase by 14.5 percent.

The statistics are based on delivery prices. That means that the forest owner himself, with or without the help of employees or contractors, delivers the wood to the roadside, where the purchaser picks it up. Delivery prices account for some 9 percent of the total sold quantity.

Please note that the average prices are volume-weighted roundwood quantities. These prices refer to current prices, which do not take inflation into account.

The statistics is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.

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