Despite increasing volume, charging more for shipping, USPS loses $2B in spring quarter
WASHINGTON — The Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said on 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 agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink, and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees. The loss occurred despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared to last spring.
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, 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 shop online, “the Internet is now a net positive for USPS, auguring well for the future as e-commerce grows.”
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes
- JetBlue computer outage causes delays for passengers
- Despite high gas costs, Northeast resistant to pipelines
- Doctors push end-of-life care talks
- Drownings in Rio Grande spike as enforcement surges
- Boston police officer improving after surgery to remove bullet near ear
- Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law
- Global warming is slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences
- 2 bodies found at site of gas explosion in NYC apartments
- Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program
- Refunds hijacked in unique manner