133.2 FAXON'S 1996 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE PRELIMINARY PROJECTIONS, Ronald Akie
133.3 READMORE'S 1996 PRELIMINARY JOURNAL PRICING PREDICTIONS, Harry Hoffer
133.4 EBSCO'S 1996 SERIAL PRICE PROJECTIONS, Laura Ralstin,
Marcia Tuttle, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to apologize for the long gap between issue 131 and issues 132 and 133. Reality has intruded in my professional life in the form of planning for the NASIG conference, preparing for a significant serials cancellation project, and the normal daily life of a serials librarian. Apologies also to the contributors to the newsletter who sent messages in January and early February. I have them and they will appear in the next issue(s), which I expect to distribute very soon. I thought it essential to get out the subscription agencies' pricing projections for 1996 before anything else.133.2 FAXON'S 1996 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE PRELIMINARY PROJECTIONS,
Ronald Akie, The Faxon Company, email@example.com.
[Received January 26, 1995. -ed] Based on the latest information on publisher price increases, world econom- ic conditions, and current and projected values of the U.S. dollar, Faxon is projecting the following changes in journal subscription prices for 1996 subscriptions. Please note that these are preliminary projections based on current conditions and are subject to change as the year progresses. North American European Titles Titles Page Inflation 2.5% 3.0% Paper/Postage 3.0% 3.0% General Inflation 2.5% 2.0% Cancellations 2.5% 3.0% Currency Changes N/A 7.5% Total Increase 10.5% 18.5% Typical Overall Increase 13.1% (based on 67% U.S., 33% European collection) The increases detailed in each category above represent the net effect that each component is expected to have on the final subscription price. For example, European title page increases in total are expected to be closer to 6%, but the net effect on the price will be 3%. Key Assumptions * Page Inflation: Even with tighter editorial standards, increased manu- script submissions will result in more published pages again next year. * Paper and Postage: After several years of stability, paper prices have sky-rocketed due to very limited inventories. Postal costs have also risen. * General Inflation: Inflation in both Europe and the U.S. has been ac- celerating and is expected to continue to rise at moderate levels. * Cancellations: Publishers continue to see increased subscription can- cellations and must therefore allocate increasing fixed costs over a shrinking unit base. * Currency: The U.S. dollar has fallen approximately 10% against key European currencies since last year. We have recently seen some strengthen- ing of the U.S. dollar since the Federal Reserve Bank has raised interest rates, and we expect this to continue. At the time publishers set their 1996 prices, we expect the U.S. dollar will be approximately 7% below last year's level and will strengthen further into the Fall. 1995 Actual Subscription Price Increases. For 1995 subscriptions, Faxon's May 1994 price projections proved to be within 1% of the actual increases: Faxon Projection Actual 1995 May 1994 Increase North American Titles 9.9% 9.8% European Titles 10.4% 9.6% Typical Overall Increase 10.5% 9.7% Calculating our Projections. In making our projections, we look at many factors including consumer price inflation by country for major publishers; paper costs and futures; and postal rates. In addition, we survey publishers on their expectations for page and volume increases, and we consult economic and financial experts. Over the course of the year, we update our projections based on the status of the U.S. dollar, conversations with financial experts and communications with publishers. So, if you are using our projections, please be sure you have the latest information available. These price projections were made in January 1995.133.3 READMORE'S 1996 PRELIMINARY JOURNAL PRICING PREDICTIONS
Harry Hoffer, Readmore, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Received January 31, 1995. -ed.] Because many of our clients have already begun planning their budgets for 1996, Readmore, Inc. has developed preliminary price predictions for 1996. Please note that the predictions listed below are preliminary and will be updated periodically as Readmore obtains more information from publishers. Elements of Price Increases for 1996 Periodicals Country: US Inflation, page increases & increases due to unit reductions: 10% Currency fluctuation: n/a NET increase (decrease): 10% Country: Foreign Inflation, page increases & increases due to unit reductions: 10% Currency fluctuation: 6-9% NET increase (decrease): 16-19%133.4 EBSCO'S 1996 SERIAL PRICE PROJECTIONS
Laura Ralstin, EBSCO Corporate Communications, email@example.com.
[Press release received February 17, 1995. -ed.] BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Based on current economic indicators and historical data on publisher price increases, EBSCO has released preliminary projec- tions for 1996 serials prices. At this point, overall price increases of 12.5 - 13.5 percent are projected. For journals published in the United States, a 10 - 11 percent increase is expected (a slightly lower increase is expected for consumer-oriented ti- tles). For journals published in Europe, estimated price increases are as follows: European journals priced in U.S. dollars or with fixed conversion rates: 17 - 19% (Approximately 10 - 11 percent of this projected increase is inflation in the price of journals; 7 - 8 percent is due to currency fluctuation that has occurred since prices were set for 1995 subscriptions.) Journals priced with variable rates: 10.5 - 12.5% (Approximately 10 - 11 percent of this projected increase is inflation in the price of journals; 0.5 - 1.5 percent is due to currency fluctuation that has occurred since publishers were paid for 1995 subscriptions.) Again, these figures are based on the current U.S. dollar exchange rates for the currencies of the given countries of origin. "The estimated price increase for European journals priced in U.S. dollars will be most applica- ble to U.S. libraries, as most major European publishers now set prices in U.S. dollars for U.S. customers instead of pricing them in native curren- cies. These rates are generally set in mid to late summer," said F. Dixon Brooke Jr., Vice President, EBSCO Subscription Services Division General Manager. One component of U.S. dollar rates is the strength of the U.S. dollar as compared to publishers' native currencies at the time these rates are set, so it is difficult to predict the eventual price of such journals this early in the year. Journals priced with variable rates will be affec- ted by the strength of the U.S. dollar in early fall when publishers are paid for these journals. As always, EBSCO recommends adding 3 - 5 percent to the estimated price increases for all journals to protect library budgets from a weakening in the dollar's value between now and when rates are set or publishers are paid. Other factors influencing journal prices this year include double-digit increases in the cost of white, non-recycled paper and in U.S., postage rates. EBSCO will provide updated estimates on the cost of 1996 subscrip- tions in the coming months.
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