Postal Service begins new year with $329 million loss

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service reported a first-quarter net loss of $329 million. The service projected that it may run out of operating funds by Sept. 30, the end of its fiscal year.

Mailing services revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 was $15.30 billion, 3.3% lower than in the year-ago quarter. The Postal Service suffered its largest decline in first-class mail: Revenue in the quarter was $8.77 billion, down 5.8% from the same period last year, as volume declined about the same.

Standard mail, used more often in commercial mailings, saw increases in both revenue and volume. Revenue totaled $4.99 billion, up 7.1% from a year ago, as volume rose 8.6%. However, standard mail generates less revenue than first-class mail.

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