U.S. Postal Service Q2 revenue increased $235 million
Shipping and Packages revenue grew by $445 million, or 9.5 percent, while First-Class and Marketing Mail revenue fell by a combined $181 million.
The Postal Service's results for the quarter continued to reflect multi-year trends of growth in Shipping and Packages volume and declining letter volumes, as package volume grew by 69 million pieces, or 5.0 percent, while mail volumes declined by 700 million pieces, or 2.1 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.
The controllable loss for the quarter was $656 million, compared to controllable income of $12 million for the same quarter last year.
This change to controllable loss was driven by a $236 million increase in the controllable portion of the normal cost of retiree health benefits due to changes in actuarial assumptions and a $364 million increase in compensation expenses due to additional hours incurred to support the labor-intensive package business as well as contractual wage adjustments.
Additionally, transportation expense grew by $155 million due to highway contract rate inflation as well as higher fuel costs.
Total operating expenses were $18.8 billion for the quarter, an increase of $1.0 billion, or 5.7 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.
In addition to the controllable expenses referenced above, unfunded retirement and retiree health benefits grew by a combined $766 million due to changes in actuarial assumptions.
Workers' compensation expense declined by $658 million compared to the same quarter last year, resulting primarily from changes in interest rates.
Net loss for the second quarter totaled $1.3 billion, compared to a net loss of $562 million for the same period last year. ■