The USPS reported a net loss of $956 million for August 2012 according to preliminary (unaudited) data submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). USPS is attributing $467 million of that amount to the Postal Service’s Retiree Health Benefit pre-funding expense.  Same time last year USPS reported a net loss of $1,778 Billion. After eleven months into FY 2012 USPS reports a net loss of $14.5 billion ($14,495)–$10,633 of that amount attributed to its prefunding of retiree health benefit expense. The same period last year (SPLY) USPS reported a net operating loss of $8,763 billion– a difference of $5,732 Billion.

According to the report:

“The $10,633 Billion Year-to-date Retirement Health benefit expense represents 11/12 and 10/10 of the $5.6 billion due on or before September 30, 2012 as required by Public Law 109-435 and the $5.5 billion due on or before August 1, 2012 as required by Public Law 109-435 as amended by Public Law 112-74. The Postal Service was forced to default on the $5.5 billion prefunding payment for retiree health benefits on August 1, 2012. Absent legislative changes, the Postal service will also default on a second similar payment of $5.6 billion due on September 30, 2012.”

In previous months USPS reported a loss for
July-$1.890 Billion;
June-$1.552 Billion;
May-$2.051 Billion;
April-$1.592 Billion;
March-$$795 Million;
February -$1.120 Billion;
January- $1.262 Billion;
December 2011-$1.422 Billion;
Nov. 2011 -$1.267 Billion and
Oct. 2011-$139 Million

Postal Service workhours for the month of August 94,514 million or 1.9%. SPLY

The number of career employees on August 31, 2012, was 533,261, non-career was 98,149.

* Total mail volume of 13,340 billion pieces, compared to 13,951 billion pieces in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of 4.4%

* Operating revenue of $5,365 billion, compared to $5,436 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of 1.3%

* Personnel Compensation & Benefits was $4,299 billion an increase of 0.3% SPLY

Mailing Services results for the month of August include:

* First-Class Mail revenue of $2.421,560 billion,decrease 3.8% on volume of 5,878153 billion pieces;down 5.8%

* Standard Mail revenue of $1,438,146 billion,down by 5.3% on volume of 6,903,809 billion pieces; decrease of 4.9%

* Periodicals revenue of $149,312 million,down by 0.03% on volume of 567,057 million pieces; increase 0.03%

* Package Services revenue of $149,898 million, increase 2.4% on volume of 66,513 million pieces, decrease of 3.4%.

* Total Shipping Services revenue of $968,753, up by 22.2%. Shipping Services volume of 228,137 million pieces represented a 55.0% percent increase compared to the same period a year earlier.

* Total mail volume of 13,111,784 billion pieces, compared to 13,804,193 billion pieces in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of 5.0%

 

see full report  via PRC