Postal traffic in Portugal sees annual growth for the first time since 2008

In 2nd quarter 2016, total traffic from postal services in Portugal totalled about 209.2 million items, increasing 0.5% versus 2nd quarter 2015, representing the first increase in postal traffic in year-on-year terms since 2008. Postal parcels, with a year-on-year increase of 3.7%, and correspondence with an increase of 1.1%, were the main drivers of this growth.

About 79% of postal traffic comprises correspondence, 7.1% comprises Editorial Mail and 9.2% Direct Mail. In year-on-year terms, correspondence and direct mail increased by 1.1% and 0.4%, respectively, while editorial mail declined by 7.3%. Parcels, increasing by 2.6% year-on-year to represent 4.7% of total traffic, were the only traffic component which increased in the 2nd quarter (+5.4%)

During the quarter, an average of 20.2 postal items were sent per capita.

Traffic included within the scope of the universal service represented 85.8% of total postal traffic, 0.3% more than in the same period of 2015.
Items distributed to the national market made up 96.4% of the total, while the remaining 3.6% were distributed to other countries.

At the end of the quarter, Grupo CTT had a share of 93.6% of total postal traffic.

In the 2nd quarter, revenues from postal services (excluding incoming traffic) totalled 160.1 million euros, a reduction of 0.8% compared to the same period of 2015. Correspondence, making up 69.4% of total revenues, and parcels with 23.6%, were the main generators of revenues.

As at the end of June, there were 14.7 thousand people employed in the operation of postal services – a reduction of 0.1% compared to June 2015.

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