The April loss represents a gradually improving recent picture. In March, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $381 million, and in February a net loss of $611 million.
Mail volume continues to decline as consumers and businesses increase their use of electronic communication channels. Total mailed pieces for April were 14.4 billion, down 2% from the 14.7 billion pieces mailed in April 2009, primarily due to falling first-class, periodicals and shipping-services volume. Standard mail volume, however, used most often in commercial direct mail, increased 1% in April compared with the same period last year, to 6.9 billion pieces, with revenue from standard mail increasing 3.3%, to $1.46 billion.