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Sawlog prices continues to decrease

Statistik - 20 August 2019

Sawlog prices decreased by 2.8 percent during the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2019. At the same time, pulpwood prices were relatively unchanged.

Sawlog prices turned down during the first quarter of the year after having increased all of 2018. That decrease now continues during the second quarter. The price decreased in the Northern region by 4.3 percent and 2.4 percent both in the Central and South regions.

The pulpwood price is relatively unchanged for the first time since the third quarter of 2017. Since then, the price has increased every quarter. The only region with a small change of price level is the Central region with an increase of 0.5 percent during the second quarter of 2019.

Comparison with the second quarter 2018

In comparison to the second quarter of 2018 prices increased in the whole country for both pulpwood and sawlog. Pulpwood prices increased by 11.0 percent and sawlog prices by 3.4 percent.

Pulpwood prices increased the most in the Northern region by 15.4 percent, then with 11.8 and 11.1 percent in the Central and South regions.

Sawlog prices had the highest increase in the Southern region by 6.6 percent. In the Central and Northern regions the sawlog prices increased by 3.2 percent respective by 0.5 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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