Postal Service revenues and volume continued in line with recent trends in Q1 2008 — revenue climbed and volume decreased for most categories of mail. The decline in volume is particularly noteworthy because USPS management has deemed volume growth, especially in discounted classes like standard mail, central to the agency’s financial future. Some executives have begun to question this strategy because standard mail contributes a smaller portion of revenues to institutional costs.
Management attributed some of the blame for the decline in volume to the slowing American economy. Top officials have expressed concern about the effects of a potentially long economic downturn on the agency.
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