Stretch & Shrink Film

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This study analyzes the United States market for stretch and shrink films. Demand for stretch and shrink films is examined by product, market, and resin type, Demand is calculated at the film level in both pounds and dollars and does not take into account the value of the converted packaging product (e.g., shrink bag, stretch hood).

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For the purposes of this study, “stretch film” refers to two main product types:

  • film that is stretched over a pallet or other load, holding the shipment in place as the film rebounds to its original shape:
    • machine film
    • hand film
    • bundling film
    • silage and other agricultural films
    • VCI film
    • furniture wrap
  • unconverted food overwrap

Other miscellaneous uses include furniture wrap and silage film.

Stretch film products include:

  • stretch wrap (including pallet wrap, bundling film, food overwrap, silage and agricultural film, volatile corrosion inhibitor film)
  • stretch hoods
  • stretch sleeve labels

Stretch film demand can also be segmented by production methods: cast film and blown film.

“Shrink film” refers to any film that requires the application of heat to shrink and seal around a product. Like stretch film, it finds use in both pallet unitization and packaging applications.

Shrink film products include:

  • shrink wrap (pallet wrap/bundling, food and other consumer product overwrap, shrink collation film)
  • shrink labels
  • shrink bags
  • shrink hoods and other products (including window insulation)

Stretch and shrink film products include both primary and secondary packaging. Examples of secondary packaging include shrink collation films, and stretch and shrink labels.

Stretch and shrink film resin types include:

  • bio-based plastics
    (PLA, starch-based resins, degradable polyesters)
  • EVOH
  • HDPE
  • LDPE (include EVA copolymer)
  • LLDPE
  • nylon
  • OPP
  • OPS
  • PETG
  • polyolefin
  • polypropylene
  • PVC
  • PVDC
  • thermoplastic elastomers

Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts for 2024 are presented in current US dollars at the manufacturers’ level (which are not adjusted to account for inflation). Demand by resin is also presented in pounds.

Stretch and shrink films find use in two major markets, each of which is segmented into smaller divisions:

  • storage and distribution
  • product packaging

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  1. Stretch & Shrink Film

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    1. 1 Executive Summary

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      1. Figure 1-1 | US Stretch & Shrink Film Market

    2. 2 Overview

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      1. 2.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Stretch & Shrink Film Market

      2. 2.2 Demand by Type & Application

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        1. Table | Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Application, 2009 – 2024

      3. 2.3 Historical Trends

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        1. Table | Stretch & Shrink Film Market, 2009 – 2019

        2. Figure 2-2 | Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2019

      4. 2.4 Pricing Trends

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        1. Table | Stretch & Shrink Film Pricing, 2009 – 2024

      5. 2.5 Foreign Trade & International Activity

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      6. 2.6 Resin (Multilayer & Metallocene Films) & Machinery Developments

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      7. 2.7 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

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        1. 2.7.1 Pallet Unitization Film

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        2. 2.7.2 PVC Film

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        3. 2.7.3 Recycling

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        4. 2.7.4 Labels

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    3. 3 Stretch Film

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      1. 3.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 3-1 | US Stretch Film Key Trends

      2. 3.2 Stretch Film Demand

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        1. Table | Stretch Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

      3. 3.3 Stretch Film Production Methods (Cast, Blown)

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        1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Production Method, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | Cast & Blown Stretch Film: Relative Advantages & Disadvantages

      4. 3.4 Stretch Film Resins

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        1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Resin, 2009 – 2024

      5. 3.5 Stretch Film Products

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        1. 3.5.1 Demand by Product

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          1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Product, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 3-2 | Stretch Film Demand Share by Product, 2019

        2. 3.5.2 Stretch Wrap

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          1. Table | Stretch Wrap Products: Drivers & Restraints

        3. 3.5.3 Stretch Hoods

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          1. Table | Stretch Hoods: Advantages Over Competitive Pallet Unitization Products

          2. Figure 3-3 | Stretch Hoods & Competitive Products Comparative Demand, 2009 – 2024

        4. 3.5.4 Stretch Sleeve Labels

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          1. Table | Stretch Sleeve Labels: Advantages Over Competitive Pallet Unitization Products

      6. 3.6 Stretch Film Applications

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        1. 3.6.1 Demand by Application

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          1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Application, 2009 – 2024

          2. Table | Stretch Film Uses, Drivers, & Restraints

        2. 3.6.2 Pallet Unitization (Machine Film, Hand Film)

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          1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Pallet Unitization Application, 2009 – 2024

          2. Table | Selected Pallet Unitization Suppliers & Products by Film Type

        3. 3.6.3 Bundling & Other Storage & Distribution

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          1. Table | Selected Building & Other Storage & Distribution Suppliers & Products by Film Type

        4. 3.6.4 Food Packaging

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          1. Table | Stretch Film Demand by Food Packaging Application, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 3-4 | Stretch Film Demand Share by Food Packaging Application, 2019

        5. 3.6.5 Beverage Packaging

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        6. 3.6.6 Paper & Textile Packaging

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        7. 3.6.7 Consumer & Other Packaging

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      7. 3.7 Stretch Film Market Leaders

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        1. Figure 3-5 | US Stretch Film Market Share by Company, 2019

        2. Table | Selected Stretch Film Products by Market Leaders

    4. 4 Shrink Film

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      1. 4.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 4-1 | US Shrink Film Key Trends

      2. 4.2 Shrink Film Demand

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        1. Table | Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

      3. 4.3 Shrink Film Resins

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        1. Table | Shrink Film Demand by Resin, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | Shrink Film Resin Applications & Characteristics

      4. 4.4 Shrink Film Products

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        1. 4.4.1 Demand by Product

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          1. Table | Shrink Film Demand by Product, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 4-2 | Shrink Film Demand Share by Product, 2019

        2. 4.4.2 Shrink Wrap

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          1. Table | Shrink Wrap Products: Drivers & Restraints

        3. 4.4.3 Shrink Labels

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          1. Table | Shrink Label Resins: Advantages & Disadvantages

        4. 4.4.4 Shrink Bags

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        5. 4.4.5 Shrink Hoods & Other Shrink Film

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      5. 4.5 Shrink Film Applications

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        1. 4.5.1 Demand by Application

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          1. Table | Shrink Film Demand by Application, 2009 – 2024

        2. 4.5.2 Food Packaging

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          1. Table | Shrink Film Demand by Food Packaging Application, 2009 – 2024

        3. 4.5.3 Beverage Packaging

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        4. 4.5.4 Paper & Textile Packaging

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          1. Table | Selected Paper & Textile Product Applications for Shrink Film

        5. 4.5.5 Consumer & Other Packaging

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          1. Table | Selected Consumer & Other Applications for Shrink Film

        6. 4.5.6 Pallet Unitization

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        7. 4.5.7 Bundling & Other Storage & Distribution

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      6. 4.6 Shrink Film Market Leaders

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        1. Figure 4-3 | US Shrink Film Market Share, 2019

        2. Table | Selected Shrink Film Products by Market Leader

    5. 5 Storage & Distribution Applications

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      1. 5.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 5-1 | Key Trends in Storage & Distribution Applications for Stretch & Shrink Film

      2. 5.2 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Storage & Distribution: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

      3. 5.3 Pallet Unitization

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        1. Table | Pallet Unitization: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 5-2 | Pallet Unitization: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Product, 2009 – 2024

      4. 5.4 Bundling & Other Storage & Distribution

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        1. Table | Bundling & Other Storage & Distribution: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 5-3 | Bundling & Other Storage & Distribution: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

      5. 5.5 Storage & Distribution Markets

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        1. 5.5.1 Demand by Market

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          1. Table | Storage & Distribution: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Market, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 5-4 | Storage & Distribution: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Market, 2009 – 2024

        2. 5.5.2 Manufacturing

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        3. 5.5.3 Warehousing

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        4. 5.5.4 Construction & Other Applications

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    6. 6 Product Packaging Applications

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      1. 6.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 6-1 | Key Trends in Stretch & Shrink Film Product Packaging Applications

      2. 6.2 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Product Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Application, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 6-2 | Product Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand Share by Application, 2019

      3. 6.3 Food Packaging

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        1. 6.3.1 Stretch vs. Shrink Film Demand

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          1. Table | Food Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 6-3 | Food Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. 6.3.2 Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

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          1. Table | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Grade, 2009 – 2024

          2. Table | Selected Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Applications for Stretch & Shrink Film

        3. 6.3.3 Dairy Packaging

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          1. Table | Dairy Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

          2. Table | Selected Dairy Packaging Applications for Stretch & Shrink Films

        4. 6.3.4 Produce Packaging

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          1. Table | Produce Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

          2. Table | Selected Produce Packaging Applications for Stretch & Shrink Films

        5. 6.3.5 Other Food Packaging

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          1. Table | Other Food Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

      4. 6.4 Beverage Packaging

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        1. Table | Beverage Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 6-4 | Beverage Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

      5. 6.5 Paper & Textile Packaging

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        1. Table | Paper & Textile Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Application, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 6-5 | Paper & Textile Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand, 2009 – 2024

      6. 6.6 Consumer Product Packaging

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        1. Table | Consumer Product Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Application, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | Selected Consumer Applications for Stretch & Shrink Films

      7. 6.7 Other Product Packaging

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        1. Table | Other Product Packaging: Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Application, 2009 – 2024

    7. 7 Resins

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      1. 7.1 Key Findings

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        1. Figure 7-1 | Key Trends in Stretch & Shrink Film Resins

      2. 7.2 Demand by Resin

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        1. Table | Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Resin, 2009 – 2024

        2. Figure 7-2 | Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Resin & Type, 2009 – 2024

      3. 7.3 LLDPE

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        1. Table | LLDPE Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | LLDPE Stretch & Shrink Films: Advantages & Disadvantages

      4. 7.4 LDPE

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        1. Table | LDPE Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | LDPE Stretch & Shrink Films: Advantages & Disadvantages

      5. 7.5 PVC

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        1. Table | PVC Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | PVC Stretch & Shrink Films: Advantages & Disadvantages

      6. 7.6 Other Resins

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        1. Table | Other Stretch & Shrink Film Resin Demand by Resin & Type, 2009 – 2024

        2. Table | Other Stretch & Shrink Film Resin Applications: Drivers & Restraints

    8. 8 Industry Structure

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      1. 8.1 Key Findings & Industry Composition

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        1. Table | US Stretch & Shrink Film Sales by Company, 2019

      2. 8.2 Market Share

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        1. Figure 8-1 | US Stretch & Shrink Film Market Share, 2019

        2. Figure 8-2 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market Share: Leading Supplier, 2019

        3. Figure 8-3 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2019

        4. Figure 8-4 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2019

        5. Figure 8-5 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2019

        6. Figure 8-6 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Fifth Leading Supplier, 2019

        7. Figure 8-7 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Sixth Leading Supplier, 2019

        8. Figure 8-8 | Stretch & Shrink Film Market: Seventh Leading Supplier, 2019

        9. Table | Additional Market Leaders in the US Stretch & Shrink Film Market

      3. 8.3 Competitive Strategies

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        1. Table | Competitive Strategies in the US Stretch & Shrink Film Industry

        2. Table | Selected Cooperative Agreements

      4. 8.4 Mergers & Acquisitions

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        1. Table | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

      5. 8.5 Marketing & Distribution

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      6. 8.6 Research & Development

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      7. 8.7 List of Industry Participants

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        1. Table | Selected Industry Participants

    9. 9 Appendix

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      1. 9.1 Scope

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        1. Table | Study Scope: Stretch & Shrink Film Markets

        2. Table | Relevant Industry Codes

        3. Table | Relevant HS Codes

      2. 9.2 Definitions

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      3. 9.3 Abbreviations

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        1. Table | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

      4. 9.4 Freedonia Methodology

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      5. 9.5 Study-Specific Methodology

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      6. 9.6 Sources

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      7. 9.7 Associations & Agencies

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      8. 9.8 Related Studies & Reports

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      9. 9.9 Macroeconomic Assumptions

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        1. 9.9.1 Economic Environment

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          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 9-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 – 2019, Compared to 1980 – 2005 Average

        2. 9.9.2 Demographics

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          1. Table | Population & Households, 2009 – 2024

          2. Figure 9-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 – 2019

        3. 9.9.3 Consumer Spending

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          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 – 2024

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