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Feature: Rocky ride to improvement

Despite a sizeable increase in mill stocks of Class 1 mixed grades during May, the total UK recovered paper inventory fell by more than 10% over the course of the month. UK consumption of all grades of recovered paper slid 4.1% in May but the cumulative total for the first five months of the year was still showing a slight improvement over 2004. Over the same comparative periods, UK paper and board production fell by more than 2%.