If you care about the condition of the commercial printing industry, then I think a new report from printing-industry Web portal WhatTheyThink.com should get your attention.
WhatTheyThink recently announced the availability of its July 2010 Business Conditions Report: The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current Economic State of the Industry. This 73-page report provides the results of the Economics and Research Center's June 2010 survey of print business owners, and compares these results to past quarterly surveys to provide an accurate gauge of how print businesses and professionals perceive the economic landscape, how those perceptions are changing, and what actions they are likely to take in response to challenging economic times.
In addition to their own survey results, WhatTheyThink provides the most current data available on printing industry shipments and profits, employment, and other economic indicators.
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The Report also provides WhatTheyThink's outlook, conclusions, and recommendations. You can find an order form and more information for the report here.