Total mail volume for July was 227 million pieces, or 1.4 percent under the same period last year, the U.S. Postal Service said last week.
First-Class volume fell 5 percent for the month, while Standard mail was up 2.2 percent from last year. Periodicals were 1.8 percent higher than last year.
Year-to-date, total volume is 2.6 percent, or 4.5 billion pieces, over last year. More than 2.4 billion of that increase occurred in November 2004. The Standard mail category has increased 5.7 percent. First-Class volume is 0.1 percent less than last year, generating 1.3 percent less revenue.