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This section is updated periodically. Last update: Sept. 16, 2010

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Published by Random Lengths, Yardstick is a 24-page newsletter, which provides invaluable statistics on the latest price trends, production totals, housing starts, and much more, plus a graphic update on 50 key economic indicators from interest rates to export statistics, from housing starts to industry financial data.


August 2010: U.S., Canada exports inverted in page 1 graph

(Yardstick, Page 1)

(The following is supplemental to the August 2010 issue of Yardstick.)

In the August issue of Yardstick, which was mailed in mid-September, the graph on page 1 contained an error. U.S. and Canadian lumber exports to China were mislabeled, with the predominance of North American lumber exports to China inadvertently attributed to the U.S. In the first half of 2010, similar to recent years, the U.S. accounted for just 5% of the North American total.

The following pdf file of the August 2010 Yardstick page 1 with the correct graph is available to view or download on this page:

Correction in the following graph:
Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
Exports to China Skyrocket August 2010 issue YS_Aug10_pg01.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the Yardstick page 1 with the corrected graph to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.


January 2010 Canadian lumber production, softwood exports

(Yardstick, Pages 5 & 13)

(The following is supplemental to the April 2010 issue of Yardstick.)

To provide more timely data, the April 2010 issue of Yardstick features Canadian lumber production and Canadian softwood exports for February 2010. The March issue contained Canadian lumber production and Canadian softwood exports for December 2009.

The following pdf files of the January 2010 Yardstick Canadian lumber production and Canadian softwood exports, as they would have appeared on pages 5 and 13 of the April 2010 issue, are available to view or download on this page:

Canadian statistics for:
Would have Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
January 2010 April 2010 issue, page 5 YS_Apr10_pg05.pdf
January 2010 April 2010 issue, page 13 YS_Apr10_pg13.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the Yardstick page 5 and page 13 with the January 2010 Canadian statistics to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.


2008 Annual Price Averages Special Report Correction

(Yardstick, Page 3, December 2008 issue)

(The following includes a correction to the structural panel production pie charts, published on page 3 in the 2008 Annual Price Averages Special Report enclosed with the December 2008 issue of Yardstick.)

The two structural panel production pie charts in the 2008 Annual Price Averages Special Report, page 3, contained errors. Canadian OSB output proportions were transposed: 2004 should have read 26%, 2008 should have read 18%. Because of rounding, the U.S. OSB proportion in 2004 then should have read 34%.

The following pdf file of the corrected Yardstick Structural Panel Production numbers for the pie charts printed on page 3 of the annual publication, are available to view or download on this page:

Structural panel production numbers in:
Published in Yardstick:
PDF file name:
Structural Panel Production pie charts, page 3 2008 Annual Price Averages Special Report, enclosed with the December 2008 issue YS_08Annual_Correction.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can also request a copy of the corrected 2008 Yardstick Annual Price Averages Special Report page 3 via e-mail or postal delivery, or a complete, corrected 8-page PDF file via e-mail, to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address. If you have any questions, please call Random Lengths at 888-686-9925.


Five-Year Data Histories Canadian Lumber Shipments and Inventories Correction

(Yardstick, Page 20)

(The following includes a correction to the Canadian Lumber Shipments and Inventories tables, published on page 20 in the March and April 2008 issue of Yardstick.)

In the March and April 2008 issues of Yardstick, the Five-Year Data Histories for Canadian Lumber Shipments and Canadian Lumber Inventories on page 20 have been incorrect. For both issues, data listed for several years were actually for the previous years. Data for 2007 had been accidently removed. Data in the 2008 row has been correct. The last issue where the row for 2007 data appeared correctly is the issue of February 2008.

The following pdf file of the corrected Yardstick Five-Year Data Histories for Canadian Lumber Shipments and Inventories, printed on page 20 of the publication, are available to view or download on this page:

Five-Year Data Histories Correction in the following tables:
Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
Canadian Lumber Shipments, and Canadian Lumber Inventories April 2008 issue YS_Apr08_page20.pdf

Page 20 will be correct in the upcoming May 2008 issue. Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the corrected April 2008 Yardstick page 20 via e-mail or postal delivery, or a complete, corrected 24-page Yardstick PDF file via e-mail, to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.


January 2006 U.S. Imports

(Yardstick, Page 12)

(The following is supplemental to the April 2006 issue of Yardstick.)

To provide more timely data, and to keep import data consistent with export data, the April 2006 issue of Yardstick features U.S. imports for February 2006. The March issue containted U.S. imports for December 2005.

The following pdf file of the January 2006 Yardstick U.S. Imports, as they would have appeared on page 12 of the April 2006 issue, is available to view or download on this page:

U.S. Imports for:
Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
January 2006 April 2006 issue YS_Jan06_Imports.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the Yardstick page 12 with the January 2006 U.S. Imports to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.


Revised January 2005 U.S. Imports

(Yardstick, Page 12)

(The following is supplemental to the January 2005 U.S. Imports, published in the April issue of Yardstick.)

The U.S. Department of Commerce has corrected previously issued U.S. import data for January:

The following pdf file of the revised Yardstick U.S. Imports, printed on page 12 of the publication, are available to view or download on this page:

U.S. Imports for:
Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
January 2005 April 2005 issue YS_Jan05_Imports.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the revised Yardstick page 12 January 2005 U.S. Imports for April 2005 to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.


Revised January/February 2005 Building Permits

(Yardstick, Page 7)

(The following is supplemental to the January 2005 Building Permits, published in the February issue of Yardstick, and the February 2005 Building Permits, published in the March issue of Yardstick.)

The U.S. Census Bureau has revised its January and February Building permits data. Here is the text of their explanation:

ATTENTION BUILDING PERMITS DATA USER. SUBJECT: January & February 2005 data. Due to a mail processing error, some annual places were sent January 2005 C-404 forms.  These annual places returned their January 2005 building permit data, which was previously included in all the January 2005 building permit data, except State data.  This error also affected the February 2005 YTD Metropolitan area, County, Place Level, and Additions/Alterations/Renovations files as well as the Cumulative Place Level files and the building permit printouts. Replacement data are enclosed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The following pdf files of the revised Yardstick Building Permits, printed on page 7 of the publication, are available to view or download on this page:

Census Bureau Permits for:
Published in Yardstick :
PDF file name:
January 2005 February issue YS_Jan05_Permits.pdf
February 2005 March issue YS_Feb05_Permits.pdf

Random Lengths Yardstick subscribers can request a copy of the revised Yardstick page 7 for the January and February 2005 Building Permits to be sent to them by sending a request by fax to 800-874-7979, or by e-mail: rlmail@rlpi.com. Please include a postal mailing or e-mail address.

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