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YTD US coal production falls 2.8% through last full week of 2018

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Dec. 29, 2018, increased 7.1% year over year to 11.4 million tons from 10.6 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, 2018, production was 751.9 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.2%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.8% year over year to 750.4 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 6.3 million tons, posting a 6.2% gain from the prior year's 5.9 million tons. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.0 million tons, up 10.8% from the year-ago week's 2.8 million tons.

The interior region's production increased 4.8% to 2.0 million tons, compared to 1.9 million tons a year ago. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

The EIA's production data is derived from rail carload estimates.