Holiday First-Class Mail, Performance Up

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The U.S. Postal Service delivered 16.7 billion pieces of mail during the four-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, a 3 percent increase over the previous year, postmaster general William J. Henderson told members of the board of governors this week.

"On the two busiest days [Dec. 14 and 21] , we [postmarked] more than 530 million stamped holiday cards and letters," he said.

In addition, Henderson noted that according to the USPS' auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, local First-Class mail service remained at record levels during the first postal quarter -- Sept. 12 to Dec. 4. During this period, the agency delivered 93 percent of its First-Class mail on time. This ties the previous year's results for the same time period.

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