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Correction: Postal Service-Losses story
Wednesday - 8/13/2014, 6:30pm EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story Aug. 11 about U.S. Postal Service Revenues, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the agency blamed its $2 billion loss for the quarter ending June 30 on increases in compensation and benefit costs. Although those costs did increase slightly, the overall loss reflected the agency spending $18.4 billion in operating costs against revenues of $16.5 billion.
A corrected version of the story is below:
US Postal Service loses $2B this spring
US Postal Service loses $2B this spring despite uptick in revenue
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.
The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year. The loss came despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared with last spring.
The agency said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.
"Due to continued losses and low levels of liquidity, we've been extremely conservative with our capital, spending only what is deemed essential to maintain existing infrastructure," said Joseph Corbett, the Postal Service's chief financial officer.
The Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control. It has asked to end most Saturday deliveries, a request that is languishing in Congress amid opposition by postal unions. The agency also is seeking to eliminate the congressionally mandated $5.7 billion annual payment for future retiree health benefits.
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, agrees that Congress should get rid of the 2006 mandated payment but says it would be "irresponsible to degrade services to Americans and their businesses" just as postal delivery is rebounding with the economy. Because more people are shopping online, "the Internet is now a net positive for USPS, auguring well for the future as e-commerce grows," Rolando said in a statement.
The Postal Service has defaulted before on federally mandated annual payments to cover expected health care costs for future retirees. Corbett said the agency also needs $10 billion to replace old vehicles, buy new package sorting equipment and make other infrastructure upgrades.
Other findings from the latest quarterly report compared to the same time period last year:
--Shipping and package revenue was up 6.6 percent, while standard mail revenue increased 5.1 percent. The increase was attributed both to higher volume and prices charged to consumers.
--First-class mail volume declined by 1.4 percent, but revenue climbed 3.2 percent because of price increases.
--Operating revenue increased by $327 million to $16.5 billion.
--Operating expenses increased by $1.5 billion to $18.4 billion.
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