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Pandemic shreds office paper demand as global telework unfolds

Producers turn to tissues and household goods after COVID trashes 30% of market

TOKYO -- Global demand for paper is falling as business slows, schools close and telework grows amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Production of office print paper in developed countries crumpled by 20% to 30% year on year since spring, with some countries showing even steeper declines than during the 2008 financial crisis. The U.S. saw production decline 31.3% in April compared with an 11.6% drop in January-March, according to the Japan Paper Association.

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